Monday, May 31, 2010

HP Spins Coverage of Commando Raid on Flotilla

If you checked the earlier morning newspapers you would find that there was an Israeli raid on the Free Gaza flotilla that ended in violence. Five Israeli soldiers were injured, two seriously, when the "activists" attacked them with knives, iron rods and pistols. Elder of Ziyon is already all over the story with videos of IDF soldiers being stabbed by these "peaceful" activists, as well as a story about how the IDF was completely within it's rights to search the ships under international law.

The thread about it on the Huffington Post has already soared to over 4,000 comments, a new record by any standard. After Memorial Day celebrations we'll get to the thread but I wanted to get this in first, because you can see the HP already spinning it to make Israel look like bloodthirsty psychos. We'll start with the headline from the HP's "main" section, not the world.:

Yes, Israel just up and "attacked" the aid flotilla. Notice how the five injured soldiers are left out of the headline as well, though they did at least make it into the article. Let's go through the article. Here's the first two paragraphs:
"Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least 10 passengers in a predawn raid that set off worldwide condemnation and a diplomatic crisis...Israel said the forces encountered unexpected resistance as they boarded the vessels. Dozens of passengers and at least five Israeli soldiers were wounded in the confrontation in international waters."
It then follows with a lot of descriptions about the "worldwide condemnation" of the incident, and it gets to halfway through before we get the details:
"There were conflicting accounts of what happened early Monday....An Al-Jazeera reporter on one of the Turkish ships said the Israelis fired at the vessel before boarding it. The Israelis, who had declared they would not let the ships reach Gaza, said they only opened fire after being attacked by activists with sticks, knives and live fire from weapons seized from the Israeli commandos."
Seeing as how the IDF was careful to get videos, I'm sure an investigation here will exonerate them. But I have to get to Memorial Day celebrations so further discussion will have to wait.

1 comment:

  1. When you meet those who come to destroy you as the Talmud says, rise to destroy them first.

    Jews owe those who hate them and seek their deaths no apology. Today was a beginning in sending the enemy the right message. You mess around with us and try to kill Jews, you will pay the price.