Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Is Reuters striving to promote the Palestinian narrative at the expense of others? - by Gilead Ini

Palestinian leaders say anti-Israel violence is a result of desperation over the collapse of peace talks, Reuters reports. And what do Israeli leaders say? For that, readers are forced to look elsewhere.

Gilead Ini..
CAMERA Media Analyses..
21 November '16..

"Palestinian leaders say" lots of things. And it's perfectly reasonable for Reuters journalists to include their talking points in its news reports.

But when only one side's views are shared with readers, the impartial journalism Reuters promises starts to look more like a partisan platform. Consider the Nov. 18 Reuters article "Gaza man shot dead in protest near border with Israel: Palestinians." (What the Reuters headlines describes as "protests" Israel dubbed a "riot." Even Palestinian headlines more precisely referred to "clashes.")

In the body of the piece, Reuters mentions the past year's wave of deadly Palestinian attacks against Israelis and shared Palestinian rationalizations for the anti-Jewish violence, but completely ignored Israel's view of what fuels the attacks:

Palestinians, many of them acting alone and with rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 33 Israelis and two visiting Americans.

Palestinian leaders say assailants have acted out of desperation over the collapse of peace talks in 2014 and Israeli settlement expansion in Israeli-occupied territory that Palestinians seek for an independent state.

"Palestinian leaders say," and that is all. But Israeli leaders (and plenty of independent analysts) have also weighed in on this topic. It is Palestinian incitement, they say, that inspires Palestinian violence.

This isn't news to Reuters.

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