Corrections

UKMW prompts correction to Indy article on Iranian drone incident which omitted…the DRONE


“It all started when Israel fired back”, some cheekily say in briefly characterising the media’s distorted framing of conflicts between Israel and its regional foes, such that, when terror groups in Gaza fire rockets into Israel, reports only are published following the Israeli response.  Further, the headline typically leads with something like “Israel launches attack…”, delegating the initial Gaza rocket which started the exchange to either the strap line or somewhere in the opening paragraphs.

To boot, headlines accompanying UK media reports about hostilities in the north over the weekend tended to emphasize Israel’s military response to the Iranian drone’s penetration of Israeli air space, rather than the Iranian drone’s penetration itself.  Often, in these initial reports on Sunday and Monday, the drone wasn’t introduced to readers until the text, and sometimes quite a few paragraphs down.  (UK Media Watch prompted a correction to one Indy article which erroneously claimed that the Iranian drone was shot down over Syria.)

However, a recent report in the Indy went a step further, omitting the drone altogether in both the headline and the text.  Here’s our tweet to Indy correspondent Bethan McKernan in response to her article (Israel vows to continue military campaign in Syria despite warnings another incident could lead to regional conflict, Feb. 14).

The only time the word “drone” appeared anywhere in the article was in a detailed graphic added by editors. But, the sequence of events was not included in the graphic, and even those readers examining the busy graphic wouldn’t have any way of knowing that an Iranian drone in Israeli air space is what caused the conflagration. 

Following our tweet, we contacted Indy editors, who promptly upheld our complaint and added additional language to the second paragraph to clarify the cause of hostilities.

The new words of the article are in bold:

The Israeli warplane was hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on its return from a bombing raid on Iranian targets in the early hours of Saturday, launched after Israeli military say an Iranian drone penetrated its airspace. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries. 

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  1. The Israeli warplane was hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on its return from a bombing raid on Iranian targets in the early hours of Saturday, launched after Israeli military say an Iranian drone penetrated its airspace. Its two crew members survived with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Israel should perhaps publish so photos of pieces to the drone, even let them be examined by journalists, to establish once and for all that the Iranian drone was downed over Israeli territory. ‘ launched after Israeli military say an Iranian drone penetrated its airspace.’. That’s so sort of contesting.

    The Iranians, (the truthful dears), are still denying that the drone is theirs or that they sent it.

  2. Not only did they NOT report the drone, but they INVENTED a “SECOND ferocious attack”.

    There was only ONE attack, and that was in response to the drone infiltration.

  3. The magic kingdom invented by the UKMedia keeps Israel in the wrong, even if it means drawing their own lines and inventing incidents. Along comes Adam Levick at this blog and corrects them, spoiling their fun.

    Tut Adam tut

  4. I always enjoy these hacks Twitter feed’s. Hezbollah gimps enjoying some Beirut savior vivre before Iran burns the place to the ground in their Mehdi armegeddon.

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