Pro-Zionist media bias

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Unionist

LOL!!!

The photo shows what it takes to get some decent room service.

 

martin dufresne

Hey! This Yaweh looks suspiciously like Jesus!... Hath the Zionist conspiracy no bounds?

 

M. Spector M. Spector's picture
NDPP

How Israel Targets and Suppresses Opposition to Its Annexation Wall

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/

"Popular non violent direct action resistance engaged in self defense as well as lobbying through the courts and national and international media campaigns...was entirely blacked out in the major media.."

al-Qa'bong

I don't know about other media, but CBC radio news is beating the anti-Iranian drum for all it's worth today.  The pro-Israel slant of the "news" items is so overt as to be ludicrous, as well as entirely hypocritical.  Iran is set up as a scary warmonger with the potential to create WMD, while Israel, a proven warmonger with many WMD, is portrayed as an innocent  flower child.

clandestiny

please contact the CBC...and maybe the MP's! This is ridiculous.

Jaku

al-Qa'bong wrote:

I don't know about other media, but CBC radio news is beating the anti-Iranian drum for all it's worth today.  The pro-Israel slant of the "news" items is so overt as to be ludicrous, as well as entirely hypocritical.  Iran is set up as a scary warmonger with the potential to create WMD, while Israel, a proven warmonger with many WMD, is portrayed as an innocent  flower child.

Hmm could it be because the Presdient of Iran threatened to wipe Israel ,off the fface of the map... or perhaps its this same President's obsession with Jew-hatred...the thought of a WMD in the hands of this maniac is frightening.

Israel has probably had WMD's for decades.

 

remind remind's picture

Jaku, Jaku, Jaku, meanwhile Israel, is committing aparthide against Palestinians.

NDPP

Hamas Is Not Al Qaida

http://uppingtheanti.org/node/3342

"The New Statesman's interview with Khaled Meshal, the Hamas leader, was one of the most significant interviews with the leading figure in a movement that has been demonized and excommunicated by most of the western world and the media.."

al-Qa'bong

Jaku wrote:
Hmm could it be because the Presdient of Iran threatened to wipe Israel ,off the fface of the map... or perhaps its this same President's obsession with Jew-hatred...the thought of a WMD in the hands of this maniac is frightening.

 

Hmmm, the media bias is obviously effective.

Jingles

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or perhaps its this same President's obsession with Jew-hatred

You know, I don't think the President of Iran is the one with that obsession...

al-Qa'bong

This example isn't exactly a "pro'Zionist" bias, but its effects are the same.   Zionist propaganda is so effective because it resonates with people from a culture that has had an anti-Arab bias since before Chaucer. 

I had just finished the chapter on the Battle of Hatin in Tariq Ali's The Book of Saladin, and had a hankerin' to watch my DVD of Kingdom of Heaven again.  Instead of putting the movie DVD into the machine, however, I inadvertently put in the "Features" DVD, which contained interviews and TV shows such as "Hollywood vs. Reality."  I started watching one A&E show about the "historical background" of Kingdom of Heaven and was rather surprised and disgusted to hear the announcer solemly say something like, "One thousand years ago, Muslim warriors  attacked Jerusalem, raping and murdering the inhabitants.  In Europe, the Crusades were launched in response, to free Jerusalem from the invaders."

How could they get away with such a blatant lie? The history is entirely backwards.  The Christians invaded Jerusalem 1000 years ago, and massacred everyone there, Muslim and Jew.  The blood that ran in the streets was said to splash as high as the Crusaders' horses' knees. 

It's as if a documentary of World War II had said Poland invaded  Germany to start the war.

 

Prophit

I would agree that papers like the national Post has a pro-Israel slant but supporting some Israel policies as seen from other media does not necessarily make it biased.

Slumberjack

Prophit wrote:
I would agree that papers like the national Post has a pro-Israel slant but supporting some Israel policies as seen from other media does not necessarily make it biased.

Perhaps.  Although being incompetent and lazy as news organizations really isn't much of a step up from bias.

Prophit

Media, lazy and incompetant is an oxymoron

Gus Williams

To a great extent the question of pro Zionist media bias is simply not black and white as some would hope to make it. For example, the Israeli newspaper Ha,aretz has carried some pieces highly critical of Israeli policy.

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

...which no doubt infuriates you, eh, Gus?

Diogenes Diogenes's picture

Not fair, Gus makes a valid point.  I like Haaretz. Its presense and importance give me hope there is a chance.

Even the Jerusalem Post has its very vocal critics of Israel.  Read almost anything by Larry Derfner in his "Rattling the Cage" columns.

Compare that with Canada's MSM.  Disgustingly one sided coverage.

Jaku

And what about the Forward. Definitley pro-Israel but not Israel do or die. Here is an example of what it prints http://www.forward.com/tags/on-losing-my-love-for-israel/ Real food for thought!

al-Qa'bong

I was shocked to hear mention of the Israeli nukes on The Current this morning.  Mind you, Pollyanna Tremonti wasn't the host of the programme today.

Stockholm

It's more apt to say there is a "pro-Israel" bias in the media. What does "Zionism" have to do with anything? Its' not as if every pundit in the MSM wakes up every morning and reads the complete works of Theodore Herzl. Ha'aretz is probably more critical of Israeli government policy than any mainstream media in North America and yet they are ipso-facto "Zionist" in that they favour Israel existing in some way, shape or form.

contrarianna

Stockholm wrote:

It's more apt to say there is a "pro-Israel" bias in the media....

I agree somewhat with that statement though, insofar as the government of Israel insists that Israel is a "Jewish state" with differing laws for Jews and non-Jews, then "Zionist" appears to have credence. Also, much of the pro-Palistinian movement now focuses not on acheiving 2 states but one state of Israel with the same laws for all.

In some ways it is problematic to refer to "pro-Israeli" when no such citizenship designation of "Israeli" exists even on passports.

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A few weeks ago I met Uzi Ornan, an 86-year-old professor from the Technion university in Haifa, who has one of the few ID cards in Israel stating a nationality of “Hebrew”. For most other Israelis, their cards and personal records state their nationality as “Jewish” or “Arab”. For immigrants whose Jewishness is accepted by the state but questioned by the rabbinical authorities, some 130 other classifications of nationality have been approved, mostly relating to a person’s religion or country of origin. The only nationality you will not find on the list is “Israeli”. That is precisely why Prof Ornan and two dozen others are fighting through the courts: they want to be registered as “Israelis”. It is a hugely important fight -- and for that reason alone they are certain to lose....

http://www.atlanticfreepress.com/news/1/13123-israels-big-and-small-apar...
 
Nevertheless, when "pro-Israel" is used one accurately assumes it is shorthand for "the leadership and policies of Israel" just as "pro-US" is shorthand for "the leadership and policies of the US", and is the better term in many contexts.

al-Qa'bong

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It's more apt to say there is a "pro-Israel" bias in the media. What does "Zionism" have to do with anything?

 

As contrarianna pointed out, there could be a bi-national, secular state called "Israel," in which Arab and Jewish citizens live as equals.  The ideology of Zionism precludes such a possibility.

Furthermore, the pro-Israel bias in the media reinforces this ideology in part through buying into the assumptions created by Zionists, and so it is therefore appropriate to say that the media are pro-Zionist.

Stockholm

"As contrarianna pointed out, there could be a bi-national, secular state called "Israel," in which Arab and Jewish citizens live as equals.  The ideology of Zionism precludes such a possibility."

That's not true at all. There are Zionists who favour a bi-national state where Arabs and Jews live as equals and there always have been.

 

Bacchus

Stockholm wrote:

"As contrarianna pointed out, there could be a bi-national, secular state called "Israel," in which Arab and Jewish citizens live as equals.  The ideology of Zionism precludes such a possibility."

That's not true at all. There are Zionists who favour a bi-national state where Arabs and Jews live as equals and there always have been.

 

 

Yeah as long as it isn't Israel Laughing

contrarianna

Stockholm wrote:

....There are Zionists who favour a bi-national state where Arabs and Jews live as equals and there always have been.

Could you elaborate on that?
Although there are certainly Israeli Jews who want such a thing, how does that translate into any common definition of "Zionist" which is synonymous with a "Jewish state" (except for the religious faction who aren't speaking of a state at all),  a term which by definition privileges an ethno-religious based state rather than a nationality?

al-Qa'bong

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Could you elaborate on that?

 

Since he just made that up, I doubt it.

Stockholm

"Zionism" is about there being a country where all Jews are welcome and it is about a belief that that is where all Jews ought to reside. It doesn't have to exclude anyone else. As long as Israel has some kind of constitutional guarantee that it will always provide sanctuary to Jews in the event of any future pogroms/holocaust - I really don't care who else lives there.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Stockholm wrote:

As long as Israel has some kind of constitutional guarantee that it will always provide sanctuary to Jews in the event of any future pogroms/holocaust - I really don't care who else lives there.

Thanks for finally stating openly that you are indeed a Zionist. This is the first time in my memory that you have openly self-identified with Israel. Your past attempts at appearing "unbiased" and "objective" on this issue have always sounded thin.

In anycase, most countries in the world are sanctuaries for Jewish people by benefit of their inclusion of constitutional guarantees recognizing the equality of all persons regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Canada for example. Where Israel is exceptional is that it denies this equality to others, and has no such guarantee.

Stockholm

There's nothing new here. I've said many times that I have no interest in ever living in Israel but I want to to exist because it is a good insurance policy in case if another Hitler comes along. I have no interest in a return to the situation in the late 30s when ships full of Jewish refugees from Germany were turned back from every port and eventually everyone on the boat died at Auschwitz.

NDPP

 A Tale of Lies, Deceit and  Terrorism

http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2010/05/tale-of-lies-deceit-and...

The birth of Israel..

of course there's a media bias - here's some of what is left out..

Cueball Cueball's picture

Stockholm wrote:

There's nothing new here. I've said many times that I have no interest in ever living in Israel but I want to to exist because it is a good insurance policy in case if another Hitler comes along. I have no interest in a return to the situation in the late 30s when ships full of Jewish refugees from Germany were turned back from every port and eventually everyone on the boat died at Auschwitz.

I see, so other than offering a salve for your paranoid delussions, do you have any other reason to support the wholesale dispossession of millions of people?

al-Qa'bong

Another consideration is that  any genocidal Jew-hater with the power to act on his desires would find the Jewish state a convenient place to attack, since his targets would be nicely collected in a central location.

NDPP

Was Israel Ever Legitimate?

http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/04/was-israel-ever-legitimate/

"The history of Israel as a geopolitical fraud will fill entire libraries as those defrauded marvel at how so few deceived so many for so long. Those duped include many naive Jews who - even now - identify their interests with this extremist enclave.."

al-Qa'bong

The CBC radio news announced today that nine activists died following an Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla.

 

The announcer left it to the listener's imagination as to whether the activists died of surprise or ennui.

remind remind's picture

What I have "heard" over and over again is insinuations that they were "suicide activists", or "martyres", with the intonation of planned suicide matyredom, so the Zionist spin is equating them to fanatical suicide bombers, as I said they would. And knew they would the minute they uttered "suicide activist".

 

Caissa

I Googled but I can't ascertain who in the media first used the phrase "suicide activists' in relation to those on the flotilla ships. Does anyone know the answer to this query?

al-Qa'bong

I thought Green Grouch invented the term "suicide activist" on babble.

 

Then again, I thought I invented "hasbarnik," until I googled the term after using it in a post of mine.

al-Qa'bong

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What I have "heard" over and over again...

 

Did you "hear" this in the media?  If so, where?

Caissa

I didn't mean on Babble but in the wider media. I found a pro-Israeli video that used it in the title but I wasn't sure if this was the provenance of the term or not.

Green Grouch

I appear to be the only one who ever used it, and since I am useless with emoticons, let me state herewith that it's a sarcastic term... now "suicide protestors" I've seen elsewhere, and it's sure as hell implied by some media hacks and or'nery Canuck citizens who seem eager to believe that the flotilla members knew what they were doing, knew they were "wrong" to be doing it, and therefore got what they asked for. Sick. At several levels, there are some deeply sick public responses to this whole sorry situation.

NDPP

Helen Thomas Nails White House Press Secretary on Freedom Flotilla Massacre (and vid)

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/helen-thomas-nails-obama-pr...

Polunatic2

The term (with protester, not activist) was referenced in an articled in the JP linked to by Beltov in Part II. It was written by an extremist who believes that all the flotilla participants should be charged with aiding and abetting terrorists and gun running.  It is not a common term on the internet at all - most references have nothing to do with the flotilla. And it is not a term that comes up in google news except from someone quoting the original source. There are more hits for "sui activist) but again, they are mostly not in reference to this story. 

Could people stop pointing the fingers at each other, giving undue attention to one fanatic's opinion in the JP and stop using the term in a way that will make rabble.ca stand out? 

NDPP

The Israeli government's media madness

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2010/06/04/israeli-governments-me...

Caroline Glick and the missing Israeli government's 'quite frankly disturbing' video link...??

Caissa

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since the days of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, will retire immediately, her employer announced on Monday amid a brewing scandal over recent remarks the veteran Washington journalist made about Israel.

Because of her lengthy tenure, the 89-year-old Thomas - who became a columnist for Hearst Newspapers after leaving her longtime employer United Press International in 2000 - had held the privilege of closing all presidential press conferences with the words "Thank you, Mr. President."

She did not attend Monday's daily press briefing, at which White House press secretary Robert Gibbs criticized her remarks as "offensive and reprehensible."

At an event celebrating Jewish heritage at the White House on May 27, Thomas was captured on video remarking that Jews in Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go back to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2010/06/07/helen-thomas-retire-israel.html#ixzz0qBukiv6I

al-Qa'bong

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At an event celebrating Jewish heritage at the White House on May 27, Thomas was captured on video remarking that Jews in Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go back to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

 

I knew there was a reason I liked her.

kropotkin1951

She has been an AMERICAN correspondent since the 1940's but after her questions about the Flotilla she became a Lebanese American journalist.  It clearly makes one wonder if she has ties with Hezbollah?

She used to be the Dame of American women journalists now she is Lebanese.  

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Thomas was born in WinchesterKentucky.[3] Her parents, Mary (née Rowady) and George Thomas, wereLebanese immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon;[4][5][6]

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Recent Israeli atrocities in international waters have provided enought material for books and books on the thread topic ... literally a library of books on the topic, a stream of vomit, an embarrassment of "riches", a pack of lies, tomes of half-truths, a veritable "dumping" of shoddy Zionist ideology, swamping the market - and spittoons - with endless bile, hatred, racism, bigotry, and genocidal blatherings. 

Well, you get the idea. The original thread claim is now boring, obvious to a small child, and self-evidently true. But there's no harm in collecting some of the mountains of evidence ... as long as it helps and doesn't interfere with continuing to build the BDS campaign to isolate the racist, pirate and murderous Israeli regime.

NDPP

BDS must be strengthened. However, official Canada still promotes, deepens and expands their connections to the Zionist entity. The Free Trade Agreement and Public Security Agreement are but two examples. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's recent trade mission is another. Unless and until this official Canadian support can be stopped, BDS will not in itself be enough. Those with influence inside political parties must exploit the recent Flotilla atrocities to advance the isolation of Israel. The fact that Avigdor Lieberman or Benjamin Netanyahu can come here with no question or protest from opposition parties, is an indication of just how bad things are here. Any and every Canadian politician must begin to hear that their election is conditional upon their support of BDS and the de-linking of Canada's official connections to Israel. The Canadian MSM now rival FOX news for their corruption and slant on all matters concering Israel. These too must no longer go unchallenged. Do something. Just supporting something in your own head is just the beginning. A simple phone call or email to your representatives demanding they 'STOP SUPPORTING ISRAEl!' takes only a moment of your time. To those not yet active - please become so asap. No more impunity for Zionist crimes.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Russia Today - Israeli regime fighting on Cyber battleground: tweets, YouTube, etc. 

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"If you look at the Israeli media, the way they describe it is lynch or that the Israeli soldiers were ambushed. They are now mocked by the entire international community," says Gilad Atzmon, jazz musician, writer, and former Israeli soldier.

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