Of course, it wasn’t as though CNN wasn’t able to cut away from
Baltimore at all. So what did CNN cut away from Baltimore for? CNN cut
away from Baltimore, not to cover civilian casualties of war in Yemen,
but to cover Sunday’s protests in Tel Aviv. Because Israel, as we know,
is The Most Important Story On Earth.
(CNN coverage of the Tel Aviv protest, of course, neglected to mention
that, unlike in Baltimore, the police officer whose actions spurred the
protests was immediately suspended and is to be removed
from the police force.) CNN also managed to spare a few minutes Monday
morning for Peter Beinart to blame the victims of the attack on a free
speech event in Texas on Sunday.
Civilians dying in Yemen, like civilians dying in Iraq or civilians dying in Syria,
just don’t merit the same level of attention from CNN as civilians
dying in Gaza. By featuring such images with such relentless prominence
when Israel is involved, and by omitting them totally or nearly totally
in other cases, CNN is adding to the misperception that Israel acts with
disproportionate force, and the misperception that only Israeli wars
produce widespread civilian casualties. Rather than informing its
viewers, CNN is just adding to the misinformation.