Sky News Reinvents History – Updated

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7 months ago, I posted how the BBC told a false story on what attacked the INS Hanit during the second Lebanon war.

An Israeli navy ship was damaged by an explosive drone in July 2006.

It wasn’t a drone, but an anti-ship missile.

Sky News did a report on the Israeli Navy, and included this tidbit:

The “Islamic Resistance” at [sic] it calls itself, has been trying to get its hands on strategic weapons that could maintain a balance of threat with Israel.

These include surface to air and surface to ship missiles – the latter sank [sank] an Israeli missile carrying ship during the 2006 war.

Let’s ignore the typing, grammatical and descriptive errors (what’s a missile carrying ship?!). Not only did the INS Hanit not sink, it was put back in service a few weeks after the incident.

INS Hanit

The only ship that was sunk by Hezbullah was a Cambodian merchant vessel.

There’s something about the INS Hanit that turns journalists into idiots. Even looking at the Wikipedia entry one can see the ship was definitely not sunk.

Fact-checking? Na, let’s just print whatever Hezbullah says.

Update:

Success! two days later, Sam Kiley corrected his error.

It now reads:

The “Islamic Resistance” at [sic] it calls itself, has been trying to get its hands on strategic weapons that could maintain a balance of threat with Israel.

These include surface to air and surface to ship missiles – the latter badly damaged an Israeli missile carrying ship during the 2006 war.

Oh well…

Kudos to Kiley for replying and correcting the error, yet these shouldn’t even happen in the first place. Is it too much to ask for that what is being reported as facts be verified, or at least spotted by the editor?

 

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Dan Smith has been exposing anti-Israel fallacies since the first time he opened the world wide web on Netscape Navigator, sometime in the late 90's. His lack of formal journalistic, political and sociological education means he is still capable of objective, unbiased views and opinions. A judge of media, pundits and media pundits.

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