Do you think the world’s news media gives Israel a fair shake?
I’ll prove to you it does not.
The largest, most powerful and influential news-gathering organization in the world is the Associated Press. It is a cooperative of the newspaper industry and has become even more pervasive in the last 20 years as private, full-service news services like United Press International have shrunk in size and scope.
Earlier this month, AP, as it is called, put together a list of “recent terror attacks around the world.” Here is that list in its entirety:
Aug. 5, 2003: A suicide bombers kills 12 people and injures 150 at the J.W. Marriott in Jakarta, Indonesia. Authorities blame Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian group linked to al-Qaida.
May 16, 2003: Bomb attacks in Morocco kill at least 28 people and injure more than 100. The government blames “international terrorism,” and local militant groups linked to al-Qaida.
May 12, 2003: Four explosions rock Riyadh, the Saudi capital, in an attack on compounds housing Americans, other Westerners and Saudis. Eight Americans are among those killed. In all, the attack kills 35 people, including nine attackers.
May 11, 2003: A bomb explodes at a crowded market in a southern Philippine city, killing at least nine people and wounding 41. The military blames the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Dec. 30, 2002: A gunman kills three American missionaries at a Southern Baptist hospital in Yemen. Yemeni officials say the gunman, sentenced to death in May, belonged to an al-Qaida cell.
Nov. 28, 2002: Suicide bombers kill 12 people at an Israeli-owned beach hotel in Kenya and two missiles narrowly miss an airliner carrying Israelis.
Oct. 12, 2002: Nearly 200 people, including seven Americans, are killed in bombings in a nightclub district of the Indonesian island of Bali. Authorities blame Jemaah Islamiyah.
Oct. 6, 2002: A small boat crashes into a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen and explodes, killing one crewman.
Oct. 2, 2002: Suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrillas detonate a nail-laden bomb in a market in Zamboanga, Philippines, killing four people, including an American Green Beret. Four more bomb attacks in October blamed on Abu Sayyaf, a group linked to al-Qaida, kill 16 people.
June 14, 2002: A suicide bomber blows up a truck at the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 14 Pakistanis. Authorities say it is the work of Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen, linked to al-Qaida.
April 11, 2002: A suicide bombing with a gas truck at a historic Tunisian synagogue on the resort island of Djerba kills 21 people, mostly German tourists.
Sept. 11, 2001: Hijackers slam jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked jet crashes in a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 people.
Dec. 30, 2000: Explosions in Manila strike a train, a bus, the airport, a park near the U.S. Embassy and a gas station, killing 22 people. Philippine and U.S. investigators link the attack to Jemaah Islamiyah.
Oct. 12, 2000: Suicide attackers on an explosives-laden boat ram the destroyer USS Cole off Yemen, killing 17 American sailors.
Aug. 7, 1998: Nearly simultaneous car bombings hit the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, killing 231 people, including 12 Americans.
Do you notice anything strange about this list? It notes Islamic terrorism all over the world since 1998, but completely disregards all such terrorism directed at the citizens of one country and one country only – Israel.
Worse yet, AP’s worldview generally reflects the thinking – if you want to call it that – of the mainstream, establishment Western media. That’s why hundreds of newspapers actually published this list without blinking an eye, registering a protest or asking any questions.
This is not the first time such a list was prepared and circulated by AP. The news organization published a similar list May 19 – again, no attacks on Israel were included.
More than 1,000 Israeli civilians have been killed by Islamic terrorists since the fall of 2000. Many thousands more have been injured. But none of this counts, according to AP.
I was stunned to learn about 18 months ago that the New York Times no longer accepts as historical fact that a Jewish Temple once stood upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. News stories now refer to “the Temple Mount, which Israel claims to have been the site of the First and Second Temples.”
Last spring, I noticed AP had followed suit.
We have a term in the news business for a standard paragraph of historical background information that you see in stories over and over again. We call it a “nut graph.” Here’s what the new “nut graph” at AP says about the Temple Mount: “Jews believe the mosques sit on the ruins of the first and second Jewish Temples, and revere as their holiest site a nearby wall believed to have surrounded the sanctuaries. Muslims say nothing existed on the hill before the mosques.”
AP has lost its moral compass. It is leading the international, anti-Israeli pack journalism syndrome. And if you are reading virtually any newspaper in America today, you are supporting this kind of outrageous, vicious propaganda.