Monday, August 2, 2010

HP Bias: Another Timeline Issue

The Huffington Post, in yet another act of context-less headlining, published an article on Sunday entitled Israeli Airstrike Kills Senior Hamas Rocket Maker. Holy smokes! Israeli aggression, breaking the calm. Those stupid Israelis, always ruining a good thing with their compulsion to bomb Gaza for no reason.

This is the beginning of the article,
"RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Barack Obama warned Mahmoud Abbas in a letter that U.S.-Palestinian relations might suffer if the Palestinian leader refuses to resume direct peace talks with Israel, a senior PLO official said Saturday.
The White House had no comment Saturday. However, the Obama administration has been pushing Abbas hard in recent days to move quickly to face-to-face negotiations.
The PLO official said Obama sent the letter – the strongest U.S. warning to Abbas yet – on July 16...."
It continues about the peace process for quite some time, until the third to last paragraph where it finally says,
"On Friday, Gaza militants fired a rocket at the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon, causing damage but no injuries.
Israel retaliated with a series of airstrikes that killed a senior commander of the Hamas military wing and wounded 11 people. Hamas said it would avenge the death of the commander, 44-year-old Issa Batran.
Late Saturday, Gaza militants fired a rocket at an Israeli border community, damaging a building, but causing no injuries.
The violence came after weeks of relative calm and raised concerns of further escalation."
This presents quite a different picture. "Gaza militants" fired two rockets that hit Israeli cities, fortunately causing no injuries but considerable shock and property damage. It puts the retaliatory airstrike in badly needed context, something the headline does not do and the article practically covers up.

This article, of course, has over one thousand comments. Only on the HP.

1 comment:

  1. No doubt most of them being about how Israel has again wrecked the "peace process" by a dastardly and mean-spirited attack upon Gaza. After all, those rockets were "harmless" y'know.