Yesterday the Huffington Post released a news report about Israel's report on the flotilla raid, complete with a provocative headline of: "Gaza Flotilla Raid Report: Israeli Military Finds Flotilla Killings Justified"
Of course there was quite a bit else in the report (from Elder of Ziyon) that the HPers might have found interesting, such as that "there were at least four and perhaps as many as six separate incidents where IDF soldiers were fired upon by "peace activists". In one case a soldier shot in the knee was shot by a weapon which was not IDF issued, and shell casings were found on the ship of bullets that did not come from Israeli weapons," and "In every situation where IDF soldiers used their weapons they were in life-threatening situations." Naturally, this was missed by all of the Huffington Posters, especially since it did not appear in the article. It just goes to show what the HP will and will not focus on from a given news story.
Anyway, what I thought was particularly interesting was that most of the comments in the now 2,000 comment strong talkback thread was that most of them bemoaned the claim that this investigation was biased from the very beginning simply by the fact that Israel was investigating itself. Here's one example from a more moderate user:
Every military investigates themselves when they believe they have done something wrong. America, Britain, and Israel too. Sure, there are miscarriages of justice just like in any legal system. But I find what I find so amazing here on the HP is the way the talkbackers just pretend (again) that Israel is unique in not trusting a bunch of foreigners with the fate of their soldiers, and by extension the lives of their people. America would not think twice about rejecting a UN investigation into a similar incident, and the HPers certainly would not bang out 2,000 comments complaining about it.
What this really shows is what we have always known: That even the average HPers don't trust Israel and think Israel is far less honest and effective in every conceivable way then their own nations. Though they have no evidence with which to back up this mindset, they hold it anyway. All the information they need comes right out of their own heads. And the HP editors don't exactly bend over backwards to hinder them.