Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NBC Joins the Tamimi Propaganda Campaign - by Tamar Sternthal

This week, NBC became the latest media outlet to join the Tamimi propaganda campaign, following a clichéd and partisan template that downplays Ahed's calls for violence and whitewashes the Palestinian struggle as one against "the occupation,” rather than against Israel in any borders.

Tamar Sternthal..
CAMERA Media Analyses..
12 March '18..

“Too many media outlets have abetted the actions of these radical activists by promoting their narrative and glorifying them, while minimizing or ignoring their public promotion of and participation in violence against Israelis. These journalists have played right into the Tamimis' hands, providing them with the megaphone and publicity they seek to condemn Israel and market themselves as courageous heroes,” CAMERA's Ricki Hollander wrote, after a video of 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi (now 17) slapping and punching Israeli soldiers went viral.

This week, NBC is the latest media outlet to take a page out of that playbook, downplaying Ahed's calls for violence (“Slap heard ‘round the world: Ahed Tamimi becomes symbol of Palestinian resistance”), and whitewashing the Palestinian struggle as one “against the occupation,” as opposed to against Israel in any borders.

"Resistance Against Occupation"?

NBC's F. Brinley Bruton and Lawahez Jabari lionize “the teen with long blond curly hair [who] swiftly became a global symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation,” going on to present her as a courageous maverick who “simply buck[ed] a longstanding stereotype of Palestinian activists – hoary old warriors and rock-throwing young men – and in the process electrifying a Palestinian population disheartened by years of settlement-building on land envisioned as a future state.”

The NBC reporters note that the imprisoned Tamimi faces charges of incitement and assault. But they avoid specifying why she is facing charges of incitement, concealing the message that she delivered which likely “electrified” the Palestinian population as much as her assault against the soldiers.

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