Verbal Caricature has posted an excellent article
, in which he challenges
the spineless wire services to present as many photographs of the latest grisly deaths in Sderot as they did of the completely preventable Beit Hanoun "massacre" in the Palestinian region.
Consider me to be waiting as well.
As I've documented
in the past
, the press is never
interested in covering the suffering of Israelis, as it doesn't jibe with their pre-canned, completely idiotic "David vs. Goliath" storyline. Their simplistic presentation of the Arab/Israeli conflict doesn't contribute anything
to resolving the issues between the two parties (not that I think it can
be resolved peacefully at this point), but rather only contributes to inflaming the more radically violent elements in Arab societies.
I will be rounding up the only wire photos of the Sderot attack shortly. From what I've seen so far, the press is currently treating this as a clinical event, showing photos of the mangled rocket. I'll have more momentarily, got to run off to a meeting first.Update:
Back from the meeting, and noticed that Rusty is waiting, too
. Any other bloggers out there waiting for impartial coverage? I do love his analysis, though:
It's only as you read the story that you realize that:
a) two terror organizations claim the attack
b) the attack deliberately targetted civilians, no apologies
c) one of the organizations is part of the ruling party of Palestine
When the Isralis hit civilians
a) it is usually on accident
b) sometimes it is because those civilians really aren't civilians, or they are acting as human shields for terrorists
c) in either case, the Israelis apologize
Still rounding up pictures. For the most part, the press has treated this as a mechanical
casualty, clinically referring to the dead, showing pieces of rocket, and providing a photo or two of a "shocked" resident. Nothing like the wall-to-wall blanket coverage of Beit Hanoun.
Double standards: The only standard needed by the press. I'll be back with more photos later.
Ok, this is just silly. I'm just stopping by for a second, but spotted this and needed
to share it with you. Here's yet another photo of Beit Hanoun. Anyone think there'll be anything
similar from Sderot? I'm highly doubtful.
AFP: Short On Facts, Tall On Emotions.
I'm back out, but will hopefully be back to finish uploading the Sderot pictures shortly.Update:
Sorry, was actually fairly busy yesterday. The wires are up to 8 pages of pictures of Sderot, many of which are full of re-posts of the same photos.
Other than those last two, did you notice how clinical the whole scenario was presented? It's almost as if nothing happened at all
There have also been posted some rather touching photographs of the funerals of the victims of the rocket attack. I'll share one of these, but will refrain from posting the rest of them, out of respect for the dead and their families. I do notice immediately that the funeral is a very somber
event, and doesn't seem to be as camera-driven and, well, fake
as the Palestinian travelling-funeral-shows
are. The rest of the photographs can be found via Yahoo! News
if you care to look at them - or are trying to disprove what I'm saying. You won't, though. The press is absolutely fixated on their one simplistic message, and nothing
is going to break them of it, no matter the evidence they see.Update:
And now, on the 16th, AFP seems to be sending us the message that (a) life cynically goes on in Sderot, and (b) Israelis are bloodthirsty revenge-seeking monsters. Which seems to contradict the official Israeli government line
, not that AFP cares: