Mainstream Media Outlets Imply Israeli Airstrike in Syria Hurt Children

As reports come in that Israel carried out a strike on a Syrian air base, a number of mainstream media outlets chose to accompany their reports of the attack with images of some young victims of Assad’s suspected poison gas attack on Douma.

Here are some examples:

AP (since changed)

Sky News (since changed)

The Times (since changed)

CBC (since changed)

The Independent (Ireland)

Perth Now

Halifax Today

As you can see, most subsequently changed the image (presumably after complaints were received). But the troubling fact remains that so many mainsteam media outlets felt it was a good idea to use such images to accompany the story to begin with.

Thanks to Honest ReportingCamera and CUFI for identifying some of these examples.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media