TV News LIES

Friday, May 06th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Human Rights The Mainstream Media's Biased Coverage of the Gaza Blockade

The Mainstream Media's Biased Coverage of the Gaza Blockade

E-mail Print PDF

Isreli blockadeThere's reason to hope that the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel will lead to an easing of Israel's suffocating economic blockade of Gaza. The ceasefire text said that "opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods... shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire." But, more than 100 hours later, we're still waiting for word of actual progress.

Meanwhile, if you're wondering where to turn for background information about the blockade, I have this guidance: stay as far away from mainstream media as possible.

Sadly typical of the way the MSM covers the issue is a recent New York Times piece about the ceasefire by David Kirkpatrick and Jodi Rudoren (both of whom have done excellent work on other issues in the region). The piece described the blockade as "Israel's tight restrictions on the border crossings into Gaza under a seven-year-old embargo imposed to thwart Hamas from arming itself."

Putting it this way is a real time saver, not just because it fits into a single short sentence, but because, if you're too busy to actually write that sentence, the Israeli government's press office would be happy to do it for you. But this description of the blockade raises a question:

If the essential purpose of the blockade were indeed to "thwart Hamas from arming itself," wouldn't restrictions on imports into Gaza suffice? (And even then the import restrictions wouldn't have to be as draconian as they were when imposed, or even as tight as they are now, after some loosening.) What I'd like to see an enterprising MSM reporter ask is: How do Israel's severe restrictions on Gazan exports keep arms from getting to Hamas?

TVNL Comment:  Follow up article by Andrew Sullivan is a must read!

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Albinos in Malawi face ‘total extinction,’ UN expert warns

Malawi albinos hunted downAn African country’s albino population faces complete extinction as killers hunt down the endangered group for...

Ex-CIA agent loses appeal against extradition to Italy

Sabrina de Sousa Portugal's Constitutional Court has rejected a former CIA operative's appeal against her extradition to Italy to...

Egyptian cleric defends CIA agent convicted over his rendition

Sabrina De SousaThe radical Egyptian cleric who was kidnapped in Milan by the CIA in 2003 has come...

7 Extremist Jews Indicted for Terror Plot Against Palestinians

Jewish terrorists indictedSeven members of an alleged extremist Jewish terror cell were indicted in an Israeli court.The cell,...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!