What Has Happened to My Media?
It pains me to say this as someone who has worked in the news media for 35 years: The so-called "mainstream" is totally without morality — totally unable to distinguish between right and wrong, up and down, left and right and black and white.
This is a verbatim report from last Wednesday by Reuters, the news agency that decided immediately after 9/11 to stop using the term "terrorism":
"A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
"No one claimed responsibility for the blast, which coincided with an upsurge of violence on the Gaza border that has led to fears of a new war between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, after months of relative quiet.
"Medics said three people were seriously hurt by the explosion, which hit one of the main routes into central Jerusalem in the afternoon, shattering the windows of a nearby bus. A woman in her 60s died in hospital.
"Police said it was a 'terrorist attack' — Israel's term for a Palestinian strike."
Maybe this was Reuters' way of using the forbidden T-word without using it themselves — attributing it to Israeli police.
But what else can you call it when Islamists conduct a deadly bombing against Israeli civilians? Is this a man-made disaster? Is this a failure of diplomacy? Is this collateral damage resulting from the struggle for freedom? Is this a legitimate protest of conditions in Gaza since the Israelis withdrew as requested? Furthermore, it's not even true — even if you scrub away the politically correct stylebook.
With all of its vast news-gathering resources, Reuters missed the real story — that was only told by WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief, Aaron Klein.
"PA security officials say Palestinian forces, coordinating with Israel, have launched a massive investigation focusing on families of Islamic Jihad terrorists in Ramallah," his report continued. "The Israeli government, meanwhile, suspects yesterday's bombing is part of an Iranian-led campaign to foil talks between Hamas and the U.S.-backed PA to form a unity government. Iran has been concerned Hamas may moderate some of its positions in forming a unity coalition."
In other words, even the terrorists in the Palestinian Authority are attributing this obvious terrorist act to terrorists! I am embarrassed to be a newsman when I read copy like that Reuters report.
But I'm also delighted to be able to offer an alternative to it — with real journalism performed by real professionals like Aaron Klein. We're in a real fix, though, when you have to filter through the "news" like this that emanates from the Big Media.
Is it any wonder the world is growing increasingly intolerant of the only free nation in the Middle East and increasingly supportive of jihadists struggling to build yet another terrorist-supporting nation-state in its place?
Is it any wonder when we don't get an accurate and clear picture of what's going on in the world around us that we make bad decisions about who our leaders should be?
Is it any wonder when the judgment of the news media we count on for information is clouded by moral relativism that our societies in turn become more morally relativistic?
Shame on Reuters. Shame on the other news agencies that perpetrate this kind of fraud on their audiences. Shame on those who call right wrong and wrong right.
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