Processing Distortion with Peter B. Collins: Corporate Media’s Clear Pro-Israel Bias

Peter B. Collins Presents Peter Hart from FAIR

In the opening days of Israel’s new war on Gaza and Hamas, the US media displays its bias almost daily. Peter Hart notes how ABC’s Diane Sawyer misidentified a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; that Bob Schieffer of CBS commented on the fear felt by Israelis, with no concern expressed for Palestinians who’ve actually died; and that the reporting is riddled with imbalance regarding the value of the life of an Israeli versus the life of a Palestinian. Corporate outlets generally don’t challenge the shifting pretexts for the war that Israel has advanced: from the manipulated story of the 3 missing teenagers, to retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks, and recently the reported failure of Hamas to join the cease fire called by Egypt and Israel. Hart also talks about his recent study of the guests who appear on prime time cable news shows.

*Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR’s magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

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  1. avatar mariotrevi says:

    In Le Figaro, it was reported three days ago that Hamas obstinately refused any cease-fire overture from Egypt and Israel, (said John Kerry).

    A cease-fire (cessez-le-feu) is usually a bilateral Agreement (but it can be unilateral: one side pledges to cease firing), entered into by two belligerent parties “of their own free will”.

    As such, they’re very precise documents (like contracts), and the wording is of the essence.

    So far, I haven’t even seen the wording of the “draft” cease-fire.
    Cease-fires are usually negoatiated. I’m sure the USA would refuse a hypothetical cease-fire contrary to the interests of the United States.

    Apparently, Hamas has exercised it’s right to decline a cease-fire general terms draft offer from Israel and Egypt. Is there anything wrong with that? And if so, why?

  2. avatar mariotrevi says:
  3. Impossible to understand the pro-israeli coverage of western medias without knowing about the Sayanim (Mossad volunteer agents working in western medias). Here is a new Open Source Intelligence News documentary covering the Sayanim network: http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzHtFW-mC6vGh07g8RK7sUITTYsQYBlN0

    Only the first 4 episodes are uploaded yet, but they are a good introduction to the topic. The last 3 episodes will be uploded very soon, they culminate to a shocking level of exposure regarding the current situation.

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