Saturday, July 15, 2006

CNN's Lebanon Problem

* boehlert:
"CNN's Lebanon Problem:... Thanks to CNN, I'd learned that Israeli forces had bombed Beirut International Airport and a blockade was in place to cut off Lebanon's ports, that president Bush announced Israel had the right to defend herself, that Hezbollah had fired missiles into the seaside city of Haifa, and that an Israeli woman in Nahariya had been killed amidst the cross-border violence. But I hadn't learned many details about the more than four dozen civilians in Lebanon being killed, a fact that struck me as central to the unfolding story.
Later, I went back and checked CNN's reporting, via, and discovered that throughout the day CNN repeatedly reported on the lone Israeli civilian causality without making any mention of the more than 50 Lebanese civilian casualties. To be exact, CNN did that at 10:31 a.m., 11:02, 12:09 p.m., 12:19, 1:00, 1:30, 1:52, 2:00, 2:17, 2:30, 2:50, and 4:04.
Has CNN gotten to the point where it won't report pertinent facts that are essential in putting the story in context? Facts that certainly would have helped viewers understand some of the international criticism Israel was coming under for what the European Union called a "disproportionate" military response to the conflict at hand.

At this point I don't think it's even controversial to suggest the Arab-Israeli conflict is told in the United States mostly through the eyes of Israelis, and that's especially true on cable news channels. American news organizations have more resources in Israel, better sources within the Israeli government and most American viewers likely consider the Israeli's more like 'us.' And if you don't think there's a difference on how the U.S. media cover the warring sides, then try to imagine what the press coverage would have looked like yesterday if 50 Israeli citizens had been killed by the missiles that hit Haifa.


Anonymous said...

Hizbollah, hamas, al qaeda, these terrorist are the cancer that lies within islam. They are responsible for all the bloodshed however it is upto the rest of you so called moderates to stand up and be counted and protest/march and speek out against these terrorists who have hijacked your religion. get your own house in order and stop blaming Israel for everything, they only want peace and security!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with last comment. I am amazed that so few lebanease civilians have been killed not so many. The Israelis are clearly doing the best that can to minimise casualties but its a tough job given hizbollah disgraceful tactics. They are taking a massive risk with there soldiers. any other country in the world would just flatten the villages entirley withoout posting leaflets asking civillians to leave. Time for the lebanease to realise that hizbollah couldnt care less about them and Israel would much rather ne a friend than an enemy.