Friday, December 14, 2018

Kudos to Donald Trump Jr. for calling it so accurately.

Memories are fresh when it comes to the subject of the media getting it insanely wrong about terrorism in Israel.

Who can forget the MSNBC live broadcast of a Jerusalem reporter looking straight into the camera and telling an American audience that Israeli police officers had shot a Palestinian for simply “running past them”?

But when the MSNBC anchor reviewed the film, he saw, like the rest of us, that the running Palestinian had a 5-inch knife blade in his hand. To his credit, the anchorman corrected his misinformed “reporter.”

And then there was the BBC headline “Palestinian Shot Dead After Jerusalem Attack Kills Two.” That headline failed to mention that the Palestinian shot dead was a terrorist who had stabbed Israelis to death.

That was a year ago.

Last Friday, three Palestinian terrorists armed with automatic weapons and knives killed Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23. The terrorists were killed by Israeli security forces.

The resultant BBC headline on Twitter was: “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.”

But after an outcry by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli embassy in London and other criticisms, the BBC would tweet a new headline: “Israeli Policewoman Stabbed to Death in Jerusalem.”

The BBC said in a statement that “our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and [we] subsequently changed it. Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offense caused.”

This is where Mr. Trump Jr. tweeted back: “You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death…right? This is as close to being misleading as possible.”

“Need a new term for this nonsense. Sort of the opposite of victim blaming. How about culprit coddling? Maybe criminal cozying? Thoughts???,” he tweeted.

Media bias, especially when it comes to Israel, is hardly a news flash. And we don’t think that Donald Trump Jr.’s accurate tweets are going to put a stop to one of the world’s worst when it comes to bias, that being the BBC.

Fifty years ago, when the Israelis won the Six-Day War, the narrative posted an isolated Israel of then six million up against 300 million from Arab nations.

Now that narrative has placed the Jewish state up against the Palestinians, who have been strategically excluded by these same Arab nations. It is a narrative that has most of the journalistic community playing a role in the Palestinian cause, attempting to degrade Israel.

It’s just a headline or a tweet. But in recent months, there’s been a real change. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley showed us her ability to stand up to the United Nations. Now the president’s son wasn’t afraid to get on social media and tell the BBC it was wrong.

We can almost guarantee the BBC and the other media participating in this destructive narrative are not done being wrong.

So, tweet away, Donald Trump Jr.!