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July 15, 2016 7:41 pm

Media Watchdog Groups Slam CNN for Omission of Terror Attacks Against Israelis From List of Worldwide Incidents

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Media watchdog organizations blasted CNN on Friday for failing to include terrorist attacks in Israel on a list of terror incidents that occurred around the world in the last 30 days.

“Not including terror attacks against Israelis effectively legitimizes Palestinian terror by differentiating it from all other similar atrocities around the world,” Simon Plosker, managing editor for HonestReporting, told The Algemeiner. “CNN appears to have joined those who treat Palestinian terror as less significant or somehow understandable or perhaps even excusable.”

He added, “Do Israeli victims of terror not count and if CNN doesn’t consider attacks against Israelis to be terrorism then what exactly does CNN consider them to be?”

CNN published the list on Friday in response to the truck attack in Nice on Thursday night that left 84 people dead and hundreds injured. The article included mention of major terror incidents around the world that took place from June 14 through July 14. The list included incidents in Iraq, Bangladesh, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Somalia, Florida and France.

The list, however, fails to include mention of a single terror attack that took place in Israel during the same period. Amongst those attacks was the brutal slaying of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel who was stabbed to death in her bed by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, and the shooting attack in Hebron on July 1 that killed Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark, and injured his wife and children.

“It really is outrageous that they would not include these recent terrorist attacks…[especially] when they included other acts of terrorism that didn’t result in any deaths,” said Steve Stotsky, an analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). “There really is no excuse for not including these terrorist attacks against Israelis. I think they should make changes to the article as soon as possible.”

CNN did not immediately reply to the Algemeiner‘s request for comment on the matter.

UPDATE: Shortly following the publication of this article, CNN added some examples of terror in Israel to its list.

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  • Media accuracy and unbiased reporting must be enforced r3
    It seems the Media cannot regulate itself to present a true and honest reporting.
    Responsible and honest reporting has been replaced with ambiguous confusing and illusory news reports, with no regard to the consequences. Facts and sources are not properly verified and an inaccurate unsubstantiated news story gets released to the public, and that may cause substantial harm.
    Why is the Media not charged with incitement?
    Why is the Media not punished for staging a scene?
    They pay some individuals to throw stones at soldiers in order to film a reaction and sensationalize the episode with distorted fabricated reports. There are numerous staging of events by the Media that incite hatred and violence. Should the reporters and their management not be charged with incitement?
    Where is the professionalism, neutral and unbiased reporting?
    What has happened to ethics in Journalism?
    Has Social Media added a new dimension to honest reporting?
    Can we overcome distorted Social Media for accuracy?
    How can we verify instant Social Media images from being
    Can we impose responsible Social Media without affecting the freedom of speech?
    Whether we like it or not, the masses are influenced by the Media, could you imagine how children and young adults absorb the Media hype, regardless weather it is truth or illusion. The damage is long term and may not be reversible.
    Children are very impressionable, they think what they see on TV emulate real life, which we know is distorted and make believe, they carry these illusions as reality which affects their future adversely.
    The Media reporting must be neutral, unbiased, balanced, objective and impartial. Violators should be subject to fines and criminal charges if people suffer due to intentional distortion of reports or intentionally slanted news to deceive or promote favoritism that escalates into violence and or cause harm and or financial loss.
    When a Media outlet intentionally distorts and misinforms the news and events, it should forfeit the right to free speech and free press and face the music. It is a form of incitement.
    In the past decades Media outlets have expanded the creation of sensationalism to promote readership and revenues. These types of reports are many times intentionally distort the facts and true dimension of the report. Thus, it creates more unwarranted dissension and crisis that leads to violence and death.
    It seems that the Media today has no emotion, no compassion. Much of the news is choreographed for the sake of sensationalism and rating. Which comes down to increased revenues and financial gain? Society today is so hungry for money, power, instant gratification and glamour, that it crosses the line of honesty and integrity on a regular basis.
    Is there a chance of going back to honor, honesty, integrity and fighting for truth and justice the old American way?
    Can the Media Overcome false showmanship, artificial presentation and insincerity.
    Broadcasting truth and reality, thereby regaining public trust in the Media?
    This very same rebuke and standards must be applied to our elected government officials, who will promise you anything to get elected. Getting them to live up to their promises is another thing altogether.
    A change for the better must be initiated and it must start at the top.
    YJ Draiman
    P.S. “The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They’re about getting ratings not informing the public about the true facts; it’s about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover and keeping us in an uproar.”

  • Israeli response to Media bias
    Even those who aren’t particularly sympathetic to Israel’s Benjamin
    Netanyahu, could get a good measure of satisfaction from this interview with British Television during the retaliation against Hamas’ shelling of Israel.
    The interviewer asked him: “How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?” (A nasty question if there ever was one!)
    Netanyahu: “Are you sure that you want to start asking in that direction?”
    Interviewer: (Falling into the trap) Why not?
    Netanyahu: “Because in World War II more Germans were killed than British and Americans combined, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the war was caused by Germany’s aggression.
    And in response to the German blitz on London, the British wiped out the entire city of Dresden, burning to death more German civilians than the number of people killed in Hiroshima.
    Moreover, I could remind you that in 1944, when the R.A.F. tried to bomb the Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen,some of the bombs missed their target and fell on a Danish children’s hospital, killing 83 little children. Perhaps you have another question?”
    Apparently, Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview and was asked about Israel’s occupation of Arab lands.
    His response was, “It’s our land”. The reporter (CNN or the like) was stunned –
    read below “It’s our land…” It’s important information since we don’t get
    fair and accurate reporting from the media and facts tend to get lost in the
    jumble of daily events.
    “Crash Course on the Arab Israeli Conflict.”
    Here are overlooked facts in the current & past Middle East situation.
    These were compiled by a Christian university professor:
    BRIEF FACTS ON THE ISRAELI CONFLICT TODAY…(It takes just 1.5 minutes to read!)
    It makes sense and it’s not slanted. Jew and non-Jew — it doesn’t matter.
    1. Nationhood and Jerusalem. Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, Two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
    2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
    3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
    4. The only Arab dominion occupation since the conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years.
    5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
    6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
    7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
    8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
    9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: in 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
    10 The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab
    brutality, persecution and pogroms.
    11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be
    around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be over a million Jewish families.
    12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people’s lands. Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey …
    13. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate
    nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.
    14. The PLO’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.
    Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Arab/Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.
    15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
    16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council
    resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.
    17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.
    18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
    19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
    20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
    These are incredible times. We have to ask what our role should be. What will we tell our grandchildren about what we did when there was a turning point in Jewish destiny, an opportunity to make a difference?

  • Sol

    “Do Israeli victims of terror not count….?” When do we Jews stop expecting the childish fantasy of fairness? The world has always been & always will be, comfortable and accepting of the killing of Jews! This reality will newer change! The call to arms of ” Never Again!”, is our fantasy, and not the world’s desire. The outrage of the world at the killing of Jews never comes, except by us Jews! If ” Jewish Lives Matter” protests ever materialized (they won’t, as Jews rarely get out of their leather chairs & take to the streets), we will march alone, and probably be pelted by bottles, rocks & who knows what else!

  • Well done – CNN has updated its list to include the two terror attacks mentioned above. Thanks for your publicizing the original omission.

  • Kris kristian

    How much of CNN is under Islamic control/ownership?

  • Ted Crawford

    What do you expect from CNN? It most certainly does need to be addressed, but it’s going to take more than a few objections to CNN’s discrepancies of this nature to change their reporting agenda. After all; ostracizing Israel is a very popular policy in certain influential circles, and CNN seeks popularity in those circles. It makes them money, so to hell with the truth.