NPR Runs IDF Playbook, Spinning Killing of 17 Palestinians

Johnson, Adam
Year Published:  2018
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22462

The article looks at the NPR reporting on the killing of 17 palestinians, which follows a pro-Israel bias that dates back for years.



A segment from Friday (All Things Considered, 3/30/18) on Israel's killing of Gaza protesters provides a case study in this process. NPR host Ari Shapiro set up the segment, an interview with reporter Daniel Estrin, by blaming the 17 dead and hundreds of injured Palestinians on "the militant group Hamas," framing Israel as totally defensive. From the very first line, blame is deflected from the Israeli military:

Today saw some of the most violent clashes in years between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops.

We do not have one party's snipers opening fire on another, unarmed party; we have "violent clashes" - a term, as FAIR (8/12/17) has noted before, that implies symmetry of forces and is often used to launder responsibility. The whitewashing got worse from there:

Tens of thousands of people in Gaza answered the militant group Hamas' call to protest.

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