8/21/2005

matthewgood: ‘I Cannot Recall Any Sympathetic Coverage Of Palestinians Being Evicted’

Charley Reese makes some good points about the Gaza evacuation…

“As I watched the extensive, plainly sympathetic coverage of Jewish settlers being evicted from their Gaza homes, I couldn’t help but take note once again of the striking double standard applied by American news media as well as the U.S. government.

I cannot recall any sympathetic coverage of Palestinians being evicted from their homes. No interviews with weeping mothers or fathers. No discussions of whether the evictions were right or wrong. This is obviously a deliberate policy on the part of America’s television networks, for after all, they had 4,170 opportunities to report on Palestinian evictions since September 2000. That’s how many homes were destroyed, and, of course, doesn’t count the orchards and olive trees bulldozed by the Israeli army or Israeli settlers.

Of course, Palestinians were not evicted by sympathetic soldiers or promised huge amounts of money to relocate. No, they were brutally told to get out of their houses, which were then blown up or bulldozed into rubble by decidedly unsympathetic Israeli soldiers. What little they had was destroyed, and they were offered nothing except verbal abuse by the Israelis and invisibility by the American media.”

17 Comments to ‘‘I Cannot Recall Any Sympathetic Coverage Of Palestinians Being Evicted’’:

1. cindersiren on 19 Aug 2005 at 10:57 pm:

as is typical with the united states, it’s a one sided war. there is no other side to the events. close your eyes, go to sleep, forget you ever saw this article.
2. NthAmricn4Lfe on 19 Aug 2005 at 11:46 pm:

It’s too true. You’re completely right. It’s just injustice on both ends of the scale.
3. angelslosingsleep on 20 Aug 2005 at 2:25 am:

isn’t it always a one-sided battle?

4. U.S. Dan on 20 Aug 2005 at 3:49 am:

Everybody agrees that the media coverage sucks on everything in the U.S. but somehow they keep hoping it will change and complain when it doesn’t. Come on folks. Get to the realization that CNN, for example, is three minutes of headlines at the top and the bottom of the hour and then ratings driven entertainment television for the rest of the time.

At least they had something to preempt the 7 hours of BTK sentencing coverage.

5. True Blue on 20 Aug 2005 at 4:26 am:

Good Post Matt

I’ve always been a fan of Charlie Reese’s writing, and I encourage all MBlog newcomers to regularly read his pieces at antiwar.com (see mblog link under Resource heading at right).

What Charlie writes about not only is THE American foreign policy (and by extension, mainstream U.S. media) classic double standard of all time, but it stands as the key reason for why most of the Arab world despises the U.S. in the first place. The problem is (as Tom Tommorrow/This Modern World has illustrated so many times) that those who point this out are often conveniently labelled Anti-Semetic by the same Neocons who label the anti-war lobby as unAmerican, anti-American or (the ultimate double standard) “against the troops”.

To add a little levity to this discussion, I personally think it all boils down to this one essential problem:

The Bush administration is the political equivalent of Spinal Tap - “The Loudest Administration in the World!”

6. True Blue on 20 Aug 2005 at 4:42 am:

P.S. - Make that “Spin-all Tap”, the “Loudest Administration in the World”. Hey, I think I’ll start designing the merch line right now. Look for it at Cafe Press later today!

14. bryak on 20 Aug 2005 at 9:15 am:

So you’re all telling me that Fox News isn’t as “fair and balanced” as they claim? Hmm, perhaps I’ll have to find a different news source.

In a world where Robert Fisk is reiceiving regular death threats and Bill O’Reilly is actually allowed on the air, it would seem that people just don’t WANT TO hear what’s going on. Yes, the media is irresponsible, but obviously people lap it up or else it would be different. It’s the same with everything in American culture (and Canadian too, but we won’t get into that…)- the people ultimately dictate what’s going on. The media, the Bush admin., the culture of violence - it’s all perpetuated by the citizens of the USA; it’s all just a reflection of the US as a cultural whole. If things are going to change (specifically the media in this instance) the people have to change. And it’s not just good enough to sit around and complain about how irresponsible and biased media is, how they’re a puppet to the Bush admin. etc., one needs to tune out from the bullshit and demand something more (i.e. the ACTUAL news!)
Now, try telling that to the apathetic, complacent, and altogether uninterested majority - they’ve got better things to worry about, like the price of gas to fill up their SUV’s and how little Timmy won’t quit complaining until he gets an Xbox, an ipod, and whatever other popular gadgets have now become NECESSITIES instead of luxury


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