Another Deceitful Reuters Israel Headline

At this point it’s getting so obvious I’m not sure what more evidence we need, but let the record show….

Yesterday another Arab terrorist tried to kill a Jew and was swiftly shot dead in response. But you wouldn’t know such simple facts if you relied on titles or tweets from the alleged news agency, Reuters:

Because why should they bother letting their readership know that this wasn’t just a random execution of an innocent motorist. Guess what, they’ve changed it now:

Palestinian who stabbed Israeli soldier shot dead – army

(This version of the August 24 story corrects headline to clarify incident)

Note they’re very careful to attribute the claim in the headline to the “army”. Wouldn’t want to repeat such a speculative claim, like a soldier being stabbed, in a headline without attribution because the Israeli army is so often caught making stuff up. Not like those reliable “local residents” in Gaza that Reuters likes to quote without doing any verification whatsoever.

You’d think after having such errors pointed out to them over and over again they’d start to wonder about whether there is some inherent problem with their staff that leads to this.

And of course there is never any need to “clarify” a headline in a circumstance where it paints Israel in a much too positive light. If you’ve ever seen one of those unicorns please send it to me. If every single “mistake” that requires “clarification” is always and only denigrating Jewish Israel then I’d say it’s prima facie evidence of inherent bias. And because this happens over and over again without acknowledgement from the local boss (Luke Baker) it’s pretty clear he’s fine with this.

On Tuesday I noted the story about the death after arrest of a Palestinian. He was arrested by Palestinian police who claim he killed other Palestinian police. I predicted that any coverage this received would downplay or obfuscate how it was Palestinians doing all the killing. I had AFP’s hit piece already but of course Luke Baker and the Reuters Palestinian PR agency had to get in on the act too:

mass protests reuters lying headlineLuke’s tweet is straight from the headline of the piece and deliberately keeps it obtuse as to who was involved in the death of the “Palestinian detainee”. This is the way Reuters routinely deceive their audience. It is their standard method of operation.

Over on the water tower story which Dave has covered so well, we saw exactly the same pattern. Unreliable statements from “local residents” are given pride of place in headlines and captions, while anything the army says is either treated with disdain or actually completely fabricated:

Reuters fabricated statements by the Israeli military to make it look like the IDF had shelled a town.

The Reuters story begins,

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said.

(emphasis added)

The IDF said nothing of the kind.

Reuters in Israel is a rogue operation run by ideologically hostile foreign agents. I believe strongly that society needs a free and fair press: when that press is continuously shown (as here) to be ideologically biased it should be sanctioned.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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