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As usual, mainstream media outlets are straining to paint Israel as the victim, defending its people against irrational Palestinian rocket fire.
There is no equating the killing and maiming of dozens of innocent Palestinians with scared Israelis seeking shelter from crude rockets that rarely cause damage. But that hasn’t stopped media outlets from trying, and in some cases, outright lying, to distort the violence.
In one stark example, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire.
As Sawyer segues into the segment, she says, “We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.” Next to her is video footage not of Israelis or even Israel, but of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
Sawyer then incorrectly describes an image of a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the smoking debris of a missile-hit home in Gaza as “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”
Sawyer then describes an image of a Palestinian woman surrounded by destroyed homes as “one woman standing speechless among the ruins,” with the implication that she is Israeli.
Sawyer’s bald misreporting reflects either a deliberate lie by ABC News or willful ignorance so severe that Palestinian death and misery is invisible even when it’s staring ABC producers right in the face.
How do you screw up reporting on something THIS badly?
ABC News appears to be moving into damage-control mode as the comments sections for their homepage and YouTube videos become inundated with downvotes and comments about poor journalism. Some commenters, having already received dozens of supportive replies and sometimes THOUSANDS of “thumbs-up”, report their comments are now being deleted.
It’s true, of course, that those thousands of supporting responses COULD just be a load of “sockpuppet” accounts, and if ABC thinks that’s the case then it might explain their move. However, one other factor seems to be much more telling of the tale:
Namely, that the videos just aren’t getting any SUPPORT. Even if one totally eliminates the 7,600 downvotes on the version appearing on ABC News’ official YouTube channel, removing them from even the total unique-view count as though they don’t exist, there are still fewer than 500 upvotes out of approximately 31,000 remaining views.
Less than 2% support, for a video which portrays the #GamerGate movement in some of the harshest light to date.
If those downvotes are legitimate, however, that’s an awful lot of people who may well have just joined a movement that ABC was trying to help kill off.
[UPDATE: Archived copies of the ABC News YouTube page appear to confirm deletions, particularly of popular and influential Internet personalities including TotalBiscuit (yes, THAT TotalBiscuit, with over 2,300 upvotes prior to deletion).]
Bruce Jenner Came Out As Transgender to 16.8 Million People
Social media can be a wonderful place.
Bruce Jenner–known best for being one of the best athletes of all time, but also for flying miniature helicopters on the reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”–shared with the world that he identifies as a woman.
ABC News did “scientific” report on twerking because of the whole Miley debacle and Twitter is roasting them into oblivion for it! Isn’t there war, famine, racism and other terrible things to cover instead? But get into these #ABCReports tweets and you will cackle!