Another British headline suggesting that Palestinian stabbers are the victims

Earlier today, CAMERA’s Tamar Sternthal commented on a misleading headline at USA Today. The headline, “Israelis kill 4 Palestinians as violence surges,” noted Sternthal,  failed to “clearly report that the four Palestinians were killed had carried out, or attempted to carry out, stabbing attacks yesterday — three in Hebron, one in Jerusalem.”

Similarly, a headline in a Oct. 17 Telegraph report on the same series of attacks mislead readers by using a headline and strap line obfuscating the fact that the four Palestinians were killed only after they attempted to kill Israelis.

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Though the opening passage of the report, by Inna Lazareva, gets the sequence of events correct, many people won’t bother to read the full article. So, the headline will likely serve to reinforce prejudices about the alleged “brutality” of Israeli forces fostered by years of British media bias about the conflict.

UK news outlets should be reminded that headlines are included within the accuracy clause of the Editors’ Code’s requirement to avoid publishing “inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.”

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  1. USA Today also? I’ve also found distorted stories on Voice of America. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon.

  2. Is it any coincidence that mass media coverage of these attacks began in earnest after they could declare at least a 3:1 death count?

    The first death count I saw was on Friday, 31 Palestinians and 8 Israelis.

  3. Wouldn’t it be a refreshing change to read these two headlines :
    muslims kill Jews – again
    muslims kill Christians – again
    Or maybe :
    islam is NOT the religion of peace