Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Silence is bias

This story about a Palestinian running amok with a bulldozer is, predictably, all over the U.S. media today. Every act of violence against Israeli citizens is covered here as if it had happened in downtown Des Moines. Meanwhile, this story about a Palestinian journalist tortured by Israeli security as he tried to return to Gaza has gotten almost no attention at all in the U.S., except along the moonbat circuit of bloggers, Democracy Now!, etc. Yahoo News did run this brief Reuters story, which makes the incident sound more trivial than it was.

What happened to Omer happens to Palestinians every day. The mainstream American media never covers it, so events such as the bus attack seem like mindless violence, arising from some kind of congenital terrorist impulse among Palestinians. Selective silence creates a gross bias in U.S. reporting of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and feeds the reflexive pro-Israel attitude that holds sway here.

Of course, attacks on civilians are atrocities and nothing can justify them--but it's important to remember that actions have causes. Note, from Pilger's column, the events of Omer's own life:

The eldest of eight, Mohammed has seen most of his siblings killed or wounded or maimed. An Israeli bulldozer crushed his home while the family were inside, seriously injuring his mother.

His story is not unusual. Here is an Amnesty International press release from earlier this year about the ongoing demolition of Palestinian homes.

I am not suggesting that the bulldozer attack is poetic justice, only that no one should find it surprising.


Mary said...

It will be interesting to see how the press covers things when Israel attacks Iran.

BitterGrace said...

It will--and it could happen any minute apparently.

Perfumeshrine said...

Very well said: silence is indeed a bias.
Paestinians have suffered too: a lot in fact! Not that that justifies such acts of course.
This blanket approach of the media isn't usual in other countries, for the record.

BitterGrace said...

I know, E. It's amazing how slanted the coverage is of this particular story here. Even the Brits do better than we do--and they're pretty bad.