There has been much reported on in the blogosphere about the outright lies, half truths and obfuscations by the Palestinians being swallowed whole by the international media and disseminated without any kind of fact checking done whatsoever. It’s enough for these ideologically driven journalists and news organizations to quote ‘Palestinian sources’ and run with the story, only to have found out later on that the story was either entirely bogus, or severely factually challenged, but by then it’s too late.
This scenario has replayed itself time and again, with the international media not showing any signs of tiring on committing such blatant breeches of journalistic ethics. So the only thing left to do is to systematically debunk these stories as they crop up, and Barry Rubin does exactly that. The Tundra Tabloids challenges its reader who might object to the points raised by the TT and Barry Rubin, and show exactly, factually, where we get it wrong.
If not, then the TT asks you to further disseminate these findings elsewhere on the internet, to help highlight the shoddy work of the main stream media. Remember, having a fair and open media is in everyone’s best interests, don’t be complacent just because they happen to support your cause, for the pendulum can indeed swing in the opposite direction. KGS
NOTE: Belin is a regular place for protesting by these activists, you can almost set your watch to it.
A New Palestinian Lie About Israel and The Need to Discount Such Stories Systematically
By Barry Rubin
What happens when the New York Times publishes, with no investigation, an atrocity story about Israel that is not only false but ridiculously so, based on the most obvious starting point: death by tear-gas doesn’t happen?
There’s a long history of Palestinians (including the Palestinian Authority) making up atrocity stories that blame Israel and then having these widely disseminated by the mass media. This is one of the main factors leading to increased hatred or criticism of Israel. These tales are disproven but the facts never catch up with the lies. Here’s ahistory of the phenomenon with a number of examples.
Now we have the first phony slander of 2011. You can check out the cartoon version also. The Palestinian Authority claims that Jawaher Abu Rahma, 36 years old, died during a demonstration, killed by “poison” in tear gas fired there by Israeli soldiers.
This was put out by Saeb Erakat, one of the main PA leaders, and the story was published as true by the French press agency (AFP), the Guardian and Associated Press (note the picture of the huge funeral given her as a “martyr” to an Israeli “war crime),” The Independent, UPI,Voice of America, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, China’s news agency and main newspaper, and also in important Dutch newspapers. And here’s National Public Radio’s usual obviously biased version. The BBC played up the story big, stating as a fact (it is still on their site with no hint that another side to the story exists) that she was killed by teargas.
Even the U.S. State Department apparently gets its information from reading misleading newspaper stories.Here’s a round-up of the online reporting and an analysis of the incident appropriately entitled, “Repeating Palestinian Allegations without Evidence.”
By the way, Saeb Erakat was the man who claimed that Israel massacred 500 Palestinians in Jenin, a claim that was massively covered in the media and turned out (as even the UN admits) to be a total lie for which he had no evidence at all.
And so, these publications reported as fact something about which they had zero direct knowledge merely because partisan Palestinian sources–with a bad track record due to past misstatements of fact–claimed it.
So far, as I can discover, only AFP has even published additional information showing the story might be false or even mentioning the results of the IDF’s quick, detailed investigation of the incident. A day later the New York Timesdid deign to take notice in an article that presented every Palestinian claim as fact while the journalist challenged every point on the other side. Will any of these places publish a prominent correction or a balanced story? Will any of them learn anything from this experience, though they haven’t from dozens of previous, precisely-the-same experiences?
[On the other hand, the Washington Post–as usual–does a better job with an article about past anti-Israel propaganda scams. But note the fifth paragraph accuses Israel of making up stuff about the Palestinians albeit without citing a single example!]