Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Public Services Card: Some still forced to comply

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active Anthony

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Ukrainian Military After 5 Years Of Warfare Tue Dec 10, 2019 19:34 | Scott
https://southfront.org/ukra... Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson Prior to the Maidan coup of 2014, Ukraine?s military existed in a political vacuum, suffering from benign neglect

offsite link The (Real) Revolution in Military Affairs: An Interview with Andrei Martyanov by Yvonne Lorenzo Tue Dec 10, 2019 17:05 | The Saker
Interview by Yvonne Lorenzo for The Saker Blog I started to write these words on ?Veteran?s Day? 2019, and find myself in agreement with a post on the American Conservative

offsite link Making sense of the Paris summit: a quick analysis Tue Dec 10, 2019 03:37 | The Saker
The first thing we need to do is the remember what each participant wanted from this summit.  Here is a summary of what I think (not how they officially stated

offsite link Exceeded expectations: the Turks tested the S-400 Tue Dec 10, 2019 03:10 | Scott
Russian S-400s tested in Turkey Translated by Scott Hunor Source: Gazeta.ru https://www.gazeta.ru/army/... The Turks counted on the high combat qualities of the Russian s-400 anti-aircraft missile system and the complexes

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/12/09 ? Open Thread Mon Dec 09, 2019 20:00 | Herb Swanson
2019/12/09 20:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Latest Updates Thu Nov 21, 2019 20:32 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

offsite link UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights

offsite link Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights

offsite link Saudi Human Rights Violation Fri Aug 09, 2019 20:41 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link 1989 Revisited: 10th December, first non-Communist government appointed in Czechoslovakia, since 194... 11:41 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Immigration as an election issue: Off the agenda, for now? 10:42 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link At any other time an election game changer? but now? 07:51 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link That British election, Brexit and myths about the EU. 06:15 Tue Dec 10, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link 1989 Revisited: December 1989 removal of leading role of Bulgarian Communist Party 13:43 Mon Dec 09, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

The New York Times and Rouzan al-Najjar

category international | anti-war / imperialism | opinion/analysis author Sunday December 30, 2018 17:21author by Blooming Barricade Report this post to the editors

This is Why Framing and Independent Media Matters

The Times did a valuable service by investigating the murder of a Palestinian medic by Israeli snipers, but undermined their own work with pro-apartheid framing and both-sides tropes.
The Times's front page report
The Times's front page report

The New York Times did the unexpected and published a front-page feature investigation on the famous death of Palestinian medic Rouzan al-Najjar, killed intentionally and deliberately by an Israel sniper during the Great March of Return, an ongoing series of protests in occupied Gaza near a barrier fence with Israel.

The investigation, reported by Yousur Al-Hlou, Malachy Browne, Iyad Abuheweila, Neil Collier, Ibrahim El-Mughrabi and John Woo, is thorough and leaves no doubt as to the fact that this was a war crime by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). But the article, written by David M. Halbfinger, a man known for his deference to Israeli military sources, reads very differently.

In addition to being framed as a question - Did the IDF commit a war crime or not? - the lede is puffed up with outright Israeli hasbara, including claims that the protests were "little more than a public relations stunt for Hamas."

On the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when Donald Trump's internationally condemned Jerusalem Embassy was opened, the idea that the protests were a Hamas front were the preserve of right-wing partisans, such as Laura Loomer, and the official narrative of the IDF. Here, little over half a year later, this is repeated not just as a talking point, but as allegedly objective reporting.

This both-sides article wheels out all the hoary tropes long regarded as a disingenuous false equivalency by those knowledgable about the Israeli-Palestine issue. According to Halbfinger, this is an "unending and insolvable cycle of violence" where Israel...continues to focus on containment."

It is not until well into the story- over two-thirds following the lede, that the author quotes Professor Ryan Goodman, a special counsel to the Pentagon, as saying that Israel's act "crosses the line.”

This unequivocal statement is given by an expert, but not stated outright by a reporter who appears to find outright IDF talking points as fact. It is followed by the heading: "Mistakes Add Up."

This article will, by virtue of it being on the front page of America's most well-known newspaper, undoubtably attract international attention and be seen as the definitive account of the murder of al-Najjar. This story will be cited in essays, papers and studies, and will become repeated in the history books as the official narrative long after al-Najjar would have died a natural death.

We are facing a future of climate catastrophe, high-tech repression of refugees and vulnerable people, and possible nuclear conflict between great powers. There will be more protests and direct actions against this looming dystopian future and potential human extinction. There will be more martyrs like Rouzan al-Najja.

And we can't allow the transnational corporate media to write the history of our movements. The New York Times's article should stand not only as a lesson of the power of reporting, but more importantly, of the power of framing - and independent media.

Related Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/30/world/middleeast/gaza-medic-israel-shooting.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy