The Palestinians in Gaza launched a rocket directly at the Israeli heavily-populated city of Be’er Sheva. The rocket destroyed much of the home, but luckily the Jewish mother rushed her children into the basement saving all of their lives.
CNN had an interesting view of the story on October 17, 2018. It ran an article titled “Gaza rocket hits Israeli city, prompting Israeli air strikes in retaliation.” According to CNN, the rocket originated from a region, Gaza, but not at the hands of a people, the Palestinians. However, the retaliatory strike was from the government of Israel. For CNN, the story of the Palestinians in Gaza is one of peaceful protests and victimhood, not of terrorism.
Consider other recent headlines about the conflict from CNN:
- “6 Palestinians killed by Israel forces in Gaza clashes, Palestinian ministry says” (September 28, 2018)
- “Ceasefire reported after more than 24 hours of hostilities between Israel and Hamas” (August 9, 2018)
- “Gaza truce shaky after Israeli tank responds to reported fence breach” (July 21, 2018)
- “Israel warns Hamas as tensions escalate over Gaza rockets and incendiary kites” (June 20, 2018)
- “Israel defends Gaza crackdown as Palestinians bury their dead” (May 16, 2018)
- “Dozens of Palestinians killed in Gaza clashes as US Embassy opens” (May 15, 2018)
In headline after headline, month after month, CNN only used the word “Palestinians” when it came to people being killed. The attacks that the Palestinians launched are referred to in the headlines as stemming from “Gaza” as it did in the October 17 headline, or to the ruling entity in Gaza, Hamas.
In the body of the articles themselves, CNN attributed the use of rockets to Hamas or other groups, but labeled the Palestinians themselves as simply “protesters” or “demonstrators.” The most these protesters could muster was the use of “weaponized kites.” Overall, the Palestinian people themselves were regarded as peaceful, being randomly and unfairly killed by Israel.
On the other side of the border in Israel itself, CNN minimized the attacks against Israeli civilians. The October 17 article stated
“Footage from Israel Channel 10 showed damage to the fence and yard of the home. No injuries were reported. A second rocket landed off the coast of central Israel, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said.“
There was a lot of footage on all of the media sites – including the picture above – that showed the entire second floor of the home in Be’er Sheva being destroyed. But CNN opted to make it sound like no physical structures were damaged and no people were at risk. Just a “fence and yard.” The attack itself didn’t warrant a picture to lead the story.
However, the Israeli response to the attack was definitely worth showing.
This was the image that CNN ran atop its news story of a missile attack on a major Israeli city.
Further down in the article, CNN did show a picture of some damage to the house (but hard to make out) even after the article clearly stated that the damage was only to “the fence and yard.”
CNN is educating the world about the attackers and victims in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Are you getting the message? Are you responding?
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