Monday, June 7, 2010

HP Bias: One Al-J Reporter Good, One Bad

One of the most popular articles on the HP about this recent Gaza incident is headlined the following, Al Jazeera Reporter: Israel Fired on Gaza-Bound Ship Before Boarding. Naturally, the HP gave this a high placement in the World and Israel sections, and the article itself received thousands of comments rife with HPers declaring the proof that Israel killed a bunch of activists because they were so evil had finally arrived. An Al-Jazeera reporter who was on the scene claimed that the IDF commandos began firing live ammo before they even landed on the boats, contradicting the IDF's story and making it appear that the activists were as innocent as they appeared. Naturally, many of the HPers believed him without question and declared that Al-Jazeera was not controlled by the Zionist American media and is thus highly reliable.

But now, a second Al-Jazeera reporter has spoken his experience and, surprisingly, it completely contradicts the first reporter's account. According to the article,
Andre Abu Khalil, a Lebanese cameraman for Al Jazeera TV, recounted how "activists initially wounded and captured four Israelis from a first wave that boarded the ship. A second wave of troops tried to storm the ship after the four were taken below decks."... 
"Twenty Turkish men formed a human shield to prevent the Israeli soldiers from scaling the ship. They had slingshots, water pipes and sticks. They were banging the pipes on the side of the ship to warn the Israelis not to get closer."
After a 10-minute standoff the Israelis opened fire.
"One man got a direct hit to the head and another one was shot in the neck," he said. In all he saw some 40 people wounded, some to the legs, eye, stomach and chest.
One activist used a loudhailer to tell the Israelis the four captive soldiers were well and would be released if they provided medical help for the wounded activists. With an Israeli Arab lawmaker acting as mediator, the Israelis agreed. Wounded were brought to the deck and were airlifted off the ship.
This is clearly a very different account of what happened off the coast of Gaza. It presents an entirely different perspective for which to determine who was wrong and who was right in this incident, and who is to blame for the deaths. But will the HP cover this second account? At the time of this posting, four days after the story came out, the answer is no. As for as the HP's readers know, the Israelis came in guns blazing, and no non-Israeli voices are published that say otherwise. 

Also of interest is this story, which stated a "peace activist" stated, "We have captured another Shalit" when the four Israeli soldiers were being pulled below decks. Who was this peace activist? A member of the Muslim Brotherhood. What was he doing on this "humanitarian mission"? Excellent question. 

1 comment:

  1. Questions the HP can't be bothered to cover. Every one "knows" Israel is guilty and case closed. No need to re-examine the verdict.