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Tue Jul 22, 2014, 10:34 AM

Juan Cole: Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians?


Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians?
By Juan Cole | Jul. 22, 2014 |


Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in US media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navyís deliberate killing of children on the beach. She also points to the stranglehold the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby has on congressional politics toward Israel. She doesnít mention but should the pressure organizations like CAMERA, well-heeled and powerful fanatics devoted to punishing American journalists who tell the truth about Israel and Palestine. I actually think NBC is better than some others on this issue, so it is a little unfortunate that they should take the brunt of Jebrealís understandable frustration.

I donít think either of the people she was talking to understood the problem. The show begins with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and promises more of him. No Palestinian leader is interviewed or apparently considered for an interview! It is alleged to Jebreal that her being allowed to complain on air at all is a mercy (she isnít actually allowed to say much about the war). It is also alleged that just reporting on all the children the Israeli military has killed is somehow even-handed; in fact if the killings are represented as necessary that isnít true. Almost no US media admits that indiscriminate fire in civilian areas is a war crime.

There isnít actually any doubt about US media bias against the Palestinians. Yousef Munayyar looked at CNNís coverage of the 2012 Gaza flare-up.

Mohamad Elmasry summarizes the study:

Ē It revealed that a total of 45 Israeli officials were interviewed by CNN, compared to just 20 Palestinian officials. An ongoing, but incomplete, analysis of this yearís [2014] violence by the Palestine Center shows that this is happening once more. Between 30 June and 9 July [2014], CNN interviewed a total of 17 Israeli officials, but just one Palestinian official.Ē


As Greg Philo notes below, it isnít just a matter of who is interviewed and how often, though that is important. It is also a matter of history and context. From most American media you would assume that the Israelis were minding their own business and the Palestinians of Gaza just irrationally started firing rockets at them. With rare exceptions, we arenít told that most truces have been broken by Israel, not Hamas. We arenít told that over 70% of Gazaís population used to live in Israel and was ethnically cleansed and left penniless. We arenít told that Israel has a blockade on Gaza that does not allow it to export most of what it produces, that this blockade has thrown 40% of the working population into unemployment and left 56% of families food insecurity (just on the verge of going to bed hungry). We arenít told that Israeli occupation has left 90% of people in Gaza without potable water. We arenít told that Gazaís Palestinians demand an end to being kept in a big concentration camp. If Israelis were being treated as the Palestinians are, what do you think they would do about it? ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.juancole.com/2014/07/jebreal-against-palestinians.html



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marmar Jul 2014 OP
geek tragedy Jul 2014 #1
sabrina 1 Jul 2014 #5
Fawke Em Jul 2014 #2
alsame Jul 2014 #3
marmar Jul 2014 #4
libodem Jul 2014 #6
Comrade Grumpy Jul 2014 #7
elleng Jul 2014 #8

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 10:47 AM

1. Of course the US media is horribly biased towards Israel.

 

Does anyone even dispute this?

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:18 AM

5. Yes. Which is why Cole wrote this article. Did you watch the interview

referred to in the article? Ronan Farrow disputed it, for one.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 10:51 AM

2. Yes

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:13 AM

3. ...

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Response to alsame (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 11:14 AM

4. Wow. "Others" . OMG.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:09 PM

7. Does he even have to ask?

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 12:24 PM

8. 'We arenít told that over 70% of Gazaís population used to live in Israel

and was ethnically cleansed and left penniless. We arenít told that Israel has a blockade on Gaza that does not allow it to export most of what it produces, that this blockade has thrown 40% of the working population into unemployment and left 56% of families food insecurity (just on the verge of going to bed hungry). We arenít told that Israeli occupation has left 90% of people in Gaza without potable water.'

Rula Jebreal is certainly right.

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