The New York Times’ top cokehead and wife-beater David Carr (sorry that’s former cokehead and wife-beater) denounced Israel over the death of Mohamed Abu Aisha, director of Al-Quds Educational Radio and two cameramen for Hamas’ Al Aqsa television.
Three employees of news organizations were killed in Gaza by Israeli missiles. Rather than suggesting it was a mistake, or denying responsibility, an Israeli Defense Forces spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, told The Associated Press, “The targets are people who have relevance to terror activity.”
So it has come to this: killing members of the news media can be justified by a phrase as amorphous as “relevance to terror activity.”
It’s okay for David Carr to be a bit confused. The New York Times is in Hamas’ corner and it’s considered to be a member of the news media.
However members of terrorist groups who stand in front of a camera reciting terrorist propaganda are not members of the news media. They’re members of terrorist groups and completely valid targets.
If anyone who gets in front of a camera and begins yelling “Death to America” is a member of a news media, then how dare we murder that prominent member of the news media, whose editorials on world events were seen by millions over the Al Jazeera network. Osama bin Laden.
Members of a terrorist organization are still terrorists. And a member of the news media cannot also be a member of one of the armed groups doing the fighting.
But if David Carr wants to claim Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists as members of the news media, that says more about him and the New York Times than anything else does.
Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama worked as cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV, which is run by Hamas and whose reporting frequently reflects that affiliation.
If Hamas runs Al-Aqsa TV, that’s not an “affiliation”, that’s ownership. And it’s not reporting, it’s propaganda.
And Mohamed Abu Aisha, director of the private Al-Quds Educational Radio, was also in a car when it was hit by a missile.
Mohamed Abu Aisha was an instructor for the Mujahideen of Al-Quds Brigades in Deir al-Balah Battalion Brigade of Islamic Jihad. He is depicted above in uniform. The uniform of Islamic Jihad not the New York Times.