Guardian

Pictures don’t lie, but the Guardian’s editorial decisions grossly distort reality


Sure enough, the Guardian didn’t disappoint.  Harriet Sherwood chose to ignore Palestinians CELEBRATING the murder of 4 Israelis, and instead decided the most pressing story – and the most serious impediment to peace – was not terrorism against innocent Israeli civilians, but, rather, statements by some West Bank settlers that they’re going to continue building homes.

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  1. To the Guardian it is the settlers’ response to the massacre of the four that is the danger to peace and not the murders themselves.

    One has to ask oneself where their brains are.

  2. Come on, Adam, what do you expect from the la la land of the Groan and its new brainless wonder?

    I note that the article isn’t open to comments.

  3. These supposed starving refugees living in a prison camp do not appear starving, they are well clothed eating sweets, and have so much energy, unlike the starving children in Zimbabwe. Since when can supposed starving populations feast on sweets, we in the West have truly been conned by the likes of the Guardian. But remember Niemoller’s poem ‘first they came for the … then they came for me’. It is disturbing to see parents encouraging their children to celebrate PURE MURDER.

  4. Charlene Hale, you are right, of course.

    What should be of concern, and I daresay it is because you are sharing your views with us here, is why the Guardian and the rest of the media so easily falls for these lies when the proof that they are lies hits them over the head again and again.

    Have you read Mitnaged’s article here, “I think it, so it must be true”? at http://cifwatch.com/2010/08/29/i-think-it-so-it-must-be-true/

    It sets out why Guardianistas cling on to and continue to perpetuate these myths and why they are such excellent dupes for the islamists who use them to spread their malignant message and who write for them.

  5. They have to protect Gaza from its own image in the media. They have never yet published a picture of the water parks, hotels, restaurants, mall. Their objective is to continually vilify Israel by portraying Gaza as the most persecuted place on earth, filled with noble freedom fighters. The article by Ghada Karmi starts:

    “There is a real danger that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks due to start on September 2 in Washington could yield a botched deal that falls far short of the needs of international law or elemental justice, and sets back the cause of Palestine for decades, if not for ever. ”

    Clearly, any deal that gives the Palestinians anything less than the whole of israel is “botched”.

  6. Why does Israel let this scummy woman to stay in Israel,kick her out ,write to Israeli Knesset members about this toerag.

    They might get rid of this rat.

  7. Why does Israel let this scummy woman to stay in Israel [?]”

    Because Israel is a democracy that respects the human rights of even the wrong-headed and disagreeable.

  8. Ian Thal, Israel is at war.

    In World War 2, the UK – another democracy – made any act or speech which undermined the war effort a criminal one, punishable by a prison sentence. Were this “toerag” to write as she did in the UK then, she’d be in prison before her feet could touch the ground.

    This toerag is much more than “wrongheaded” or “disagreeable.” She is spiteful, and malicious and, for all I know, dangerous to Israel.

  9. AraLeah,
    “Israel is at war.
    In World War 2, the UK – another democracy – made any act or speech which undermined the war effort a criminal one, punishable by a prison sentence. ”

    SaraLeah, we have been at war since day 1.
    This means 63 years of war.

    In reality the conflict is about 90 +.

    I am happy to say we didn’t live under the conditions you mentioned for the past 60 years.

    This is where Israel realy shines.
    The problem is when people start taking this freedom for granted and abuse it without thinking clearly.

    And I don’t only mean foreigners…

  10. Wise words and beautiful music from Rogers and Hammerstein.

    Matthew Morrison in South Pacific “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”

    You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught Lyrics

    Cable:
    You’ve got to be taught
    To hate and fear,
    You’ve got to be taught
    From year to year,
    It’s got to be drummed
    In your dear little ear
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
    And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught.

    You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    Before you are six or seven or eight,
    To hate all the people your relatives hate,
    You’ve got to be carefully taught!

  11. Journalism should be the objective reporting of a given incident/situation.
    It’s no longer that. A new definition seems to be required for many of today’s ‘Harriet’s’: Journalism is the subjective; the manipulation/spinning of facts to suit a) me and b) whoever is paying me.

    These people influence public opinion which in turn influences outcomes. They should be more aware of the real responsibility they have when those outcomes are dire.

  12. @Penny

    “These people influence public opinion which in turn influences outcomes. They should be more aware of the real responsibility they have when those outcomes are dire.”

    They are very aware in my opinion and they dont care because manipulating public opinion serves their interests, the outcome of which is dire for a constituency they don’t care about.

  13. Those pictures, above all the top one, are so sad. What do you think those happy looking children were told they were celebrating. I fear they may indeed have been “carefully taught”.

  14. I’d take it a little further, Hawkeye. Some of them are a genuine obstacle to peace and that should weigh on whatever passes for their consciences.
    Should.

    The next time the Hamas drag out the human shields, it’s partly because of the rabid reports they have managed to inspire in the past and know will come again in the future.

  15. SarahLeah: I understand that Israel has been for its entire 62 year history, either at war or having to deal with the threat of war. However, my point is that Israel is also a robust democracy dedicated to press freedoms, even when the “journalist” in question is intellectually dishonest.

    That’s one of Israel’s strengths as a society.

    Besides, deporting Harriet Sherwood would just give The Guardian ammunition and gain nothing for Israel.

  16. I was checking the wires when this horrible story broke yesterday and soon found the AP coverage and those pictures. I posted one on a thread here last night.

    I’m pretty sure that there was already a Sherwood post soon after the murders about settlers (i.e. before the one cited above) announcing the resumption of construction work.

    That might be newsworthy – but the celebrations are at the very least equally so.

    Given the AP story (and the pictures with the children!), the Guardian looks anything but good here.

  17. At least the Independent correspondent mentioned it:

    Hundreds of Hamas supporters reportedly demonstrated in support of the attack in one of the faction’s strongholds in the town of Jabalya in northern Gaza.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hamas-claims-driveby-attack-ahead-of-summit-2067126.html

    Although: given the AP (!) pictures, why say “reportedly”?

    Looking at the Guardian’s World News page just now, I noticed the “Foreign correspondence” section on the right.
    Four pieces:
    – the trapped Chilean miners
    – data privacy in China
    – women in the Afghan elections
    – an Israeli novelist on why he opposes his govt.’s policy towards Palestinians

    That latter one was online before the murders – but it does all add up in general terms, doesn’t it?

  18. SarahLeah,

    “Noted Itsik, but how do you think Israel should deal with such people?”

    Question her in public time and time again.
    Use our contacts in other media outlets and discredit her time and time again.

    People slip.
    H. Sherwood is no exception.

    There are many ways to silent printed errors and / or hypocricy.
    Logic and evidence are obviously on our side so use them.

    Frustration will get you no where but where Miss sherwood wants you to be.
    That is on your back foot.