Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Hp's Coverage of Israeli Migrant Worker Story

Yesterday the Huffington Post covered a story about Israel's changing policy toward migrant workers and decided to give it a top headline:

Unlike some of the other Israel-related stories the HP has headline, this story is actually important and was headlined by other Israeli newspapers.  I'm still going to make fun of the HP for headline the "obese mom" story though. I can't imagine why it was considered to be one of the three most important things going on in the world right now.

Anyway, it's pretty clear that what Israel is doing is wrong but what I wanted to talk about was the disconnect between the headline and the article, even though it looks like the headline is actually correct.

So the HP headline is that Israel is going to expel these children, period. But that isn't what the article says:
"Israel on Sunday approved new residency criteria that could result in the deportations of hundreds of children of migrant workers.

"Under the decision, children of migrants whose parents entered Israel legally may remain if they are enrolled in school, speak Hebrew and have been here longer than five years."
The AP missed a couple of criteria, though: The child must be enrolled in the school system for the coming school year AND (more importantly) if s/he was not born in Israel , that child must have arrived before the age of 13. Also, as some people on the thread pointed out, what this law really means is that although a few hundred children will be deported it also means that thousands of them will be legally allowed to stay. Regardless, I can't imagine deporting children is something that will sit well with the people in Israel. 

That being said, according to stories from Israel it looks like the deportations will in fact happen, though the HP's article doesn't come right out and say for sure.

Of course, no amount of bias one way or the other on the HP will make up for sheer stupidity on the part of some of the users:

Sounds like someone didn't read the article...

1 comment:

  1. People don't bother to read a story and jump to conclusions.

    Moral: the headline doesn't always convey the truth.