Same old story as media sends mixed mes­sages

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ADAM LEVICK

IN OUR so­cial media ob­sessed world dom­i­nated by Twit­ter, Face­book and in­ter­net memes, the head­lines and blurbs of main­stream news sto­ries are of­ten all that news con­sumers no­tice.

In its in­ten­sive mon­i­tor­ing of Bri­tish cov­er­age of the latest wave of Arab terror at­tacks in Is­rael, UK Media Watch, a mem­ber of media watchdog Cam­era’s Bri­tish depart­ment, has ob­served that the head­lines are of­ten much more bi­ased than the ac­tual ar­ti­cle.

Sev­eral ar­ti­cles in the In­de­pen­dent ex­em­plify the prob­lem.

Af­ter two Jewish men were vic­tims of a stab­bing at­tack in Jerusalem last Thurs­day, and po­lice sub­se­quently killed the 16-year-old Pales­tinian per- pe­tra­tor, the In­de­pen­dent’s head­line was: “Is­rael un­rest: Boy, 16, be­comes sev­enth Pales­tinian killed by se­cu­rity forces af­ter Jerusalem stab­bing as wave of vi­o­lence con­tin­ues.”

Af­ter a storm of crit­i­cism, ed­i­tors slightly re­vised the head­line, but the false nar­ra­tive, er­ro­neously sug­gest­ing a wave of Is­raeli vi­o­lence against Pales­tini­ans, re­mained.

The In­de­pen­dent’s head­line on another story, about an Arab woman who tried to stab an Is­raeli, fo­cused en­tirely on her sub­se­quent con­fronta­tion with po­lice.

It read “Is­raeli po­lice shoot Arab woman out­side bus sta­tion in Afula”, ne­glect­ing to note that she at­tempted to carry out a stab­bing at­tack.

The Guardian’s head­line for a story about a se­ries of Pales­tinian at­tacks last Thurs­day, in which seven Is­raelis were in­jured in four sep­a­rate terror in­ci­dents, was “Pales­tini­ans killed and Is­raelis stabbed in another day of vi­o­lence”.

The head­line ob­fus­cates the fact that the Is­raelis who were stabbed were in­no­cent vic­tims of Pales­tinian at­tacks, while the Pales­tini­ans

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