FWD: Classic CNN Bias

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Fri Feb 22 20:30:01 MST 2002

Media Critique #39 - Classic CNN Bias
by HonestReporting.com

Over the past 18 months, CNN has been a primary target of complaints for
its coverage of the Mideast conflict. Jewish victims are consistently
downplayed, while Palestinians -- even the heinous suicide bombers -- are
humanized with vivid personal descriptions and photos of their funerals.

On Saturday night, February 16, a Palestinian terrorist attacked Israeli
teenagers sitting at a pizzeria in the town of Karnei Shomron. The
suicide bomber killed Keren Shatsky and Nehemia Amar, both 15 years old.
Several other teens, hit by flying nails placed in the bomb, remain in
very critical condition.

CNN's website coverage, however, curtly mentioned the "killing of two
Israelis" -- failing to reveal the Israeli victims' names, or the fact
that they were teenagers. Furthermore, a large percentage of CNN's
audience is American, yet CNN did not report that Shatsky was a U.S.
citizen.  A detailed report on children sitting in a pizzeria mowed down
in a terrorist attack would presumably be of reader interest. But no such
report could be found on CNN's website.  The Palestinians lost a lot of
public support after suicide bombers hit teens at a disco and blew up a
Jerusalem pizzeria.  Now it almost seems that labeling Israeli victims as
"teens" or the target as a "pizzeria" is too pro-Israel.  We can already
hear some pundit saying, "One man's teen or pizzeria is another man's
eventual soldier or target."

Incredibly, CNN did find it important to report the suicide bomber's
name, age and hometown: "20-year-old Sadek Abdel Hafez... from Qalqilya."

Read the CNN coverage at: Me

It is time to ask CNN again why suicide bombers are not called
"terrorists." Furthermore, terrorists are "personalized" with ages,
names, and hometowns -- while Israeli victims are not.  Why the double

The same CNN article reported that: "Israeli police shot and killed a
Palestinian in a gun battle Sunday near an army base in northern Israel,
and another Palestinian died nearby when a car exploded, a police
spokesman said."

CNN makes no mention that the two Palestinians were in the process of an
attempted double-suicide bombing.  According to the Jerusalem Post, the
terrorists fired shots at Israeli policemen, threw pipe bombs, and were
strapped with explosive belts.  They had planned to carry out a combined
suicide attack, with one of them shooting and detonating explosives, and
the other detonating explosives while security forces and rescue squads
arrived at the scene to tend to the wounded.
CNN says they just died "in a gun battle."

Read CNN's website and monitor its news broadcasts.  If you object to
CNN's characterization of Israeli casualties and Palestinian terrorists,
send your comments to:

Brad.Turell at turner.com
Walter.Isaacson at turner.com
Rick.Davis at turner.com
Eason.Jordan at Turner.com
stevecase at aol.com
allfeedback at cnn.com
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