Learn about anti-Israel Media 'Objectivity'

How can readers discern the truth between the lines? Listed here are common methods employed by the media - intentionally or not - to influence public opinion. By being aware of these methods, we can avoid becoming a pawn in the media war against Israel.

Misleading definitions and terminology.

By using terminology and definitions in a way that implies accepted fact, the media injects bias under the guise of objectivity.

Unbalanced reporting.

Media reports frequently skew the picture by presenting only one side of the story.

Opinions disguised as news.

An objective reporter should not use adjectives or adverbs, unless they are part of a quotation. In addition, the source for any facts and opinions should be clear from the report

Lack of context.

By failing to provide proper context and full background information, journalists can dramatically distort the true picture.

Selective omission.

By choosing to report certain events over others, the media controls access to information and manipulates public sentiment.

Using true facts to draw false conclusions.

Reporting news about Israel or the Middle-East conflict media reports frequently use facts to draw erroneous conclusions.

Distortion of facts.

In today's competitive media world, reporters frequently do not have the time, inclination or resources to verify information properly before submitting a story for publication. Quite often they take a shortcut or even unscrupulously generate ‘newsworthy’ reports like paying Arab youths of East Jerusalem to throw stones at Jews or IDF solders…

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

There is no doubt that most Americans, especially after 9/11, support Israel. Unfortunately, they usually elect presidents who do not care about their opinion and serve the interests of Saudi Arabian (the evil Wahhabi kingdom), oil companies and financial institutions that profit by speculation on the fluctuating oil prices. Ordinary people are paying for it at a the petrol pump.

With a Friend like Obama, who Needs Enemies? Shortly after the flare-up of a US-Israel row over new homes in East Jerusalem, US president Barack Obama ordered a consignment of Joint Direct Attack Munitions, already on its way to Israel, to be diverted to the US Air Force base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. This step in mid-March, is a pointer to a US arms embargo for preventing Israel from attacking Iran's nuclear sites.

The Saudis are Deeply Alarmed by the US Stance on Iran. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday, March 10, flying in unexpectedly from Kabul in Afghanistan, after the Saudis demanded urgent clarifications of the Obama administration's Iran policy. Reports revealed that not only is the Obama administration leaning hard on Israel to abstain from attacking Iran, but is even retreating from harsh sanctions.

Petraeus Sets the Record Straight. US General David Petraeus clarifies that he never implied Israeli actions were responsible for US military deaths. (Who did? – Was it another Obama administration and media-orchestrated anti-Israel smear?)

Quote of the Week: "It's interesting that on the same day of Biden's reprimand of Israel, General Petraeus was testifying before Congress that Iran was aiding Al Qaeda… Had Biden's trip to Israel gone quietly, perhaps that day's news would have focused on what Petraeus said about Iran." - Laura L., a subscriber to my letter.

Another Fake Islamic PR Failed. The Egyptian government has announced it will not allow Jews to pray in Cairo's newly-restored Maimonides Synagogue. Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said, “he would not allow any Jew to pray in the temple, and would not allow any Israeli to pray in the temple.” However, he said, Egypt will continue to restore its ancient synagogues, with the next one to be in Alexandria, the Temple of the Prophet Daniel. (Who do they restore Jewish synagogues for? Why is no one outraged? The anti-Semitic press is silent again!)

House Majority Tried to Calm anti-Semitic Secretary. More than 75 percent of Congressmen (327 Representatives, out of 435) in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing support for Israel and demanding an end to the highly publicized state of tensions with Israel.

PA Backtracking on Closing Christian TV. The Palestinian Authority government has rescinded its decision to shut down its only Christian television station in Judea and Samaria. The move comes in the face of worldwide criticism after the PA closed down Al-Maher "Nativity" TV. (Still no ‘outrage’! Would it be so quiet if it was Israel?)

Quote of the Week: “The suppression of terror and the fight against terrorism will be continued… We will continue operations against terrorists without compromise and untill the end. These are animals. Irrespective of their motives, what they do is a crime by any law and any moral standards. I have no doubt that we will find and destroy them all.” - Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, after visit to one of the sites of the tragedy, Lubyanka Metro station – No calls for restraint, due legal process, negotiations or good-will gestures from Russia. The usual anti-Semitic bigots and ‘humanitarians’ are silent about the blunt language of the Russian president! And no justifications for Chechen resistance against the Russian occupation of Chechnya! He also said: “We must keep wiping out terrorist scum in the North Caucasus”That is what Israel must do to all terrorists, including the ‘moderate’ ones!

Traditional US Blackmail or Usual Smear by BBC? The BBC reports that a senior US official said that the US may abstain if the UNSC votes against building for Jews in eastern Jerusalem. A White House source said that no such vote was on the Security Council agenda – and that no decision had been made on the vote. (The US has been using its veto power of the UN’s anti-Israel traditional multitude of resolutions as a tool of blackmail and to manipulate Israel’s policy. The bottom line: in order to please Arab oil producers, the Western powers are playing, using the UN as a game-board, with Jewish lives! And anti-Semitic bigots in the BBC are eager helpers.)

Where is Obama’s Outrage? 1) PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has promoted a man who commanded terror unit Force 17 to the rank of major-general. Mahmoud Damra was responsible for the planning and logistic coordination of numerous terror attacks in which many people were killed, including US citizens. 2) Syria and Libya have urged the PA to withdraw from the peace strategy and resume armed resistance against Israel. 3) Palestinians have reiterated their refusal to hold even indirect talks with Israel.

Fight Terrorism without Compromise. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that his country will work without compromise in order to root out terrorism. Following the attacks in Moscow, Medvedev ordered the security forces to step up their activities across the country. (Any country, but not Israel?)

The ‘Peaceloving’ Neighbour. Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the only language Israel understands “is the language of power.” As a result, he said Syria was continuing to build up its army and “we are ready for all scenarios.”

The US is Kissing PA's Ass, but must Israel? The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas made US presidential envoy George Mitchell go and find him in Amman, only to lay down a fresh prohibitive condition for indirect peace talks to begin: Israel must first open its prison doors to free 2,000 Palestinian terrorists, twice the number demanded by Hamas for handing over kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalilt. (The endless strings of new conditions and demands made by the PA are designed to avoid even a fake peace process, but to blame Israel for failure.)

Democrats Abandoning Obama. Obama’s most outspoken Democratic critic is former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who campaigned for Obama in Florida during the 2008 election. Koch said if Obama asked him to do it again he would not, because of the administration’s harsh criticism of Israel. Exit polls showed Obama won about 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008. Jewish Democratic donors are believed to make up 25 to 50 percent of the party’s major contributors - those who give more than $25,000.

The Heavenly Rewards of Shahids!

Can we offer anything better to them? How about helping them to receive their rewards faster? They would love it!

The Shahid's sins are forgiven

He sees his place in Paradise and lives a full life of joy with Allah

He is protected from "the Great Shock" on Judgment Day

He is crowned with a crown of honour

He marries 72 dark-eyed wives

He will be able to intervene on behalf of 70 of his family members on Judgment Day, thereby ensuring them the reward of Afterlife

They hate all Infidels (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus…) Israel is just the first step toward creating the World Caliphate!