Here’s a case of a major media outlet making the news instead of reporting it. Israeli commandos boarded a Gaza-bound Turkish ship attempting to run the blockade and were attacked. Look how Reuters cropped a photo of a knife-wielding passenger to make it look like the Israelis were the only armed people on the ship.
Personally, I was surprised that the Israelis went in with paint-ball guns and holstered side arms–and that the helicopter insertion dropped brave soldiers haphazardly into a fight for their lives one at a time.
Journalism’s duty is to report the news, not make it. Reuters gave itself a black eye with this photo hocus-pocus stunt.
Here’s an opinion comparing President John F. Kennedy’s Cuban blockade with Israel’s Gaza blockade. Like Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev did in 1961, Israel’s enemies have promised to destroy a sovereign nation, one that has every right to defend itself.
Columnist Jeff Dunetz has more on Reuters anti-Israel bias at Big Journalism.
The Views Rosie O’Donnell weighed in on the Helen Thomas debacle, saying the disgraced doyen was right. The Jews need to go home, after all, the ovens are now gone from Poland and Germany. Watch her asinine reasoning on Big Hollywood.
O’Donnell also wants another daytime show of her own to challenge Oprah Winfrey’s afternoon time slot. After demonstrating this level of ignorance and insensitivity, Rosie’s chances of succeeding are slim. The outrage over her comments should have the same result as Thomas’s big mouth got–it’s time for Rosie to be told to apologize, and then go away.
The Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential has more on Reuters’ photo cropping and the agency’s lame excuse.