How the Media Craft Victory for Hamas

CNNOn Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer hosted Hamas spokesman Osama Hamden. The week before, Hamdan labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a new image of Hitler” on the network. But now, for some reason, Blitzer stumbled into a random act of journalism: He asked Hamdan about comments he had made suggesting that Jews used Christian blood in matza. Hamdan stumbled around and blamed the Jews for their action in Gaza.

Blitzer called Hamdan’s comments an “awful, awful smear.”

The very fact that this represented a unique moment in the media coverage of the Israel-Hamas Gaza war demonstrates the malpractice of the media. The first questions on the media’s collective tongue should have been: What does Hamas stand for? What are its goals? Why does it use women and children as human shields? Why does it hide military resources in civilian areas?

But that had to wait for a month.

In the meantime, CNN viewers saw an unending stream of dramatic images from Gaza of Palestinian Arab suffering: heavy blasts from Israeli ordinance, screaming women, bleeding children. Every so often, CNN punctuated its coverage with death toll statistics — never mentioning that it received those statistics from the Palestinians themselves, and neglecting to mention the Palestinians’ regular practice of classifying dead terrorists as civilians. Then CNN asked questions about Israeli “proportionality” and wondered aloud about whether Israeli strikes were sufficiently “targeted.”

If you want to know why the conflict between the dramatically overpowering Israeli military and the sadistically brutal Hamas has continued for weeks, look no further than CNN and its like-minded media brethren.

Hamas’ goals in this conflict did not include military victory; Hamas may be evil, but it is not stupid. Its main goal was to shore up its base by achieving small concessions from Israel and Egypt, as well as the Palestinian Authority; those concessions could only be achieved if Israel could be portrayed as an international aggressor against a terror group.

And that’s where the media manipulation came in. Hamas placed heavy restrictions on journalists and even threatened them. Hamas put women and children and mentally ill people in harm’s way for the cameras, and as a deterrent to Israeli military action.

And the media went right along with it, proclaiming balance all the way. When I was on CNN this week with Alisyn Camerota, she maintained that CNN provided balance by presenting “both sides,” to which I responded that presenting both sides in a battle between Hamas and Israel is not balance, but anti-Israel bias. No Western media member would, in 1944, have assumed that balance meant quoting both Winston Churchill and Julius Streicher. To do so would have been to forward propaganda.

But that is precisely what the media have done. They have turned balance into a synonym for amorality. In doing so, they have handed a propaganda victory to evil.

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  • Bob uk

    Seems to me that the main cause of the civilian casualties is the media.

    Hamas put weapons near children and civilian’s and Western media respond like performing seals.

    Added to that certain type of Journalist in the West who gives his allegiance to the Ummah, instead of to humanity?

    Every childs death is a win for Hamas. The 4 kids playing on the beach that were killed and injured is a lottery win for Hamas

    HAMAS: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

    ME: Islam will exist and will continue to exist until the oil runs out. The rest of humanity’s patience with Islam will then run out”

    One would think that the (so called since 1967) Palestinian people would be getting a tad fed-up with Hamas’ antics by now, using civilians and their children as shields to fire their rockets from behind. Why don’t they rise up against Hamas leaders and throw them out?

    After all Hamas cannot drag all 1.8 million of them on a rope behind a motorcycle to terrorize them into voting HAMAS

    • Jason P

      Who don’t they rise up against Hamas? First of all the young generation were raise on a steady died of antisemitism and jihadi propaganda. Hamas’ corruption, however, has lost it support and attacking Israel is the last desperate attempt rallying the Gazans.

      There is a bigger problem. Arabs are essentially passive and fatalistic. That makes them easy prey for any small group of tyrants. They then blame foreigners for their problems as conspiracy theories are rife in Arab culture. See “Conspiracy theories in the Arab world” on Wikipedia.

    • Americana

      Very, very few journalists give their allegiance to the Ummah or to any such organization. Where on earth would you get that idea? Those journalists who write for PARTISAN media outlets could be suspected of shilling for the Ummah, but journalists like Wolf Blitzer? Ahhh, no, he’s not going to shill for the Arab cause. The fact Blizter challenged Hamdan on the blood libel issue is proof of this. That doesn’t mean journalists won’t point out the discrepancy in weapons available to both sides, or the numbers of troops on each side, or any other such questions.

      As for why the Palestinians voted in Hamas during the last election, that’s an easy one. Hamas managed to get the United Nations to vote for Palestine as an observer state w/a basic United Nations membership. That has been a long-overdue move forward toward a Palestinian state. I think the only way we’ll discover what the tenor is within Palestinian society is if a peace settlement is offered up for a referendum vote w/U.N. oversight. Then and only then will we perhaps know where the Palestinians choices lie and whether or not their political leadership is preventing progress on peace.

      As for why coverage progresses as it does, that’s because THOSE NEW ELEMENTS are where the story coverage must be on the basis of time and news hole. Journalists assume that most viewers/readers are aware of the Hamas charter and that Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel. If Shapiro is suggesting that each and every time Hamas is mentioned, the story should include that Hamas is for the destruction of Israel, that would eventually appear to be redundant information.

      • Pete

        Humans everywhere do not have belief systems. They are not Buddhists, atheists, Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims etc.

        So it would be silly to think that journalists have belief systems.


        • Americana

          MSM journalists don’t get the luxury of having their belief systems guide their coverage of specific news stories unless that is part of the declared mission of that news org. Learn to differentiate among the various journalism outfits and learn which organizations are free of corporate messages.

          • Pete

            “MSM journalists don’t get the luxury of having their belief systems guide their coverage ”

            And everyone believes that, which is why alternate media, the 5th estate is growing.

            I have this bridge in Brooklyn that I am looking to sell. I can give you a good price on it.

          • Americana

            You’re not differentiating between the pundit journalists and the street journalists. Any journalist who’s strictly tasked w/writing factual news stories isn’t allowed to voice opinions within the piece. There are, of course, many variants of journalists nowadays but the biggest difference is whether someone is considered an opinion or pundit journalist vs a straight journalist. Straight journalism is very unforgiving of missteps. That’s exactly why Diana Magnay was sent to “Siberia,” aka Russia. She voiced an opinion that forever stains the perspective she conveys on air about Israel. Blam, she’s outta there…

          • Pete

            “You’re not differentiating between the pundit journalists and the street journalists”

            You are a laugh riot.

            Leftists complain about Fox all the time. O’Reilly is a pundit. Brett Baier one of the most trusted people is not.

            On the other side there is not one news anchor at NBC, ABC or CBS that I trust who is an anchor or a Washington pool reporter. Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation” was not needed. it is just to make him look good. He’s done burnt all his bridges. I thought Jennings was the cleanest of the lot. No, I found out he slept with Ashrawi

            You want a good reporter you go with some one like Herridge.

  • Lanna

    Obama’s policy is the opposite of what he states. Secretary of State Kerry informed Hamas via Qatar that Hamas demands for weakening the Israeli blockade would be met. In attempting to reach this so called cease fire, Obama bypassed the Palestinian authority and Egypt and Hamas antagonists, and worked closely with Qatar and Turkey…both munificent Hamas supporters. Truth is a vital commodity, and those who lie are going to fall, especially the media who promote terrorist regimes.

  • El Cid

    Very good analysis. Hamas leaders in their fancy hotel suites in Qatar were willing to fight to the last Gazan child in order to achieve the result of recognition by the Media. Before this fight, they were quickly fading into obscurity and losing their major backers. Now, they will receive tribute from the West and the enemies of the West.

  • Clare Spark

    Moderation, like balance, are words that make people feel safe, and are indeed amoral as Ben Shapiro points out. See I took up both terms as essential elements of psychological warfare by liberals promoting “mediation,” and “the neutral state.”: “Moderate men falling down.”

    • Michael Garfinkel

      To be Left. Is to embrace relativism at all costs, (presuming the cost is borne by others), to refrain from value judgments, and to disparage those who live according to traditional values.

      CNN is left, and this is their credo.

      As such, they are hostile to decency itself, as it has been traditionally understood.

      They apply this adolescent and obnoxious world-view to every story.

      Consider the Trayvon Martin case, as just one recent example.

      A middle to working class neighborhood is beset by crime, and an ordinary and somewhat hapless young man becomes part of a neighborhood watch.

      While following a suspicious black youth, who is not from the area, and who appears “high” as he drifts through staring at the homes he passes.

      This is the account provided in real time of George Zimmerman to the police, as recorded on the 911 tape.

      Now, Zimmerman was attacked by the man he was following, and was beaten down. Screaming, he shot his assailant with his legal hand gun.

      Does anyone need to be reminded of the reaction of the Media to this rather pedestrian story?

      While NBC edited the 911 tape to make Zimmerman appear as the sheriff deputy in “Mississippi Burning,” CNN spent hundreds of hours decrying guns, neighborhood watches, racism, fear of the “other,” not to mention weeks of commentary hostile to the legal process and the jury that acquitted Zimmerman.

      And who can forget the painfully earnest and attentive visages of Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper, who clearly saw their role as one of candle holders, throwing light on the dark side of middle-class America, on racism, intolerance or whatever.

      I saw those very same expressions, and that very same stupidity, in the CNN coverage of the conflict in Gaza.

  • reader

    Ben, your every CNN appearance is a home run! Kudos for showing by and large spineless, intellectually lazy and corrupt “leaders” of the American Jewry what leadership is.

  • Doc

    The liberal media is nothing but spineless scum cowards who print what obama wants to see and believe .there disgrace to this nation and what it once stood for traitors all of them. The only reason to buy a newspaper in this country is if your pet owner and you want something cheap to line the cage

  • Gee

    The number of civilian casualties is far less than what the media would have you believe. Out of about 1,800 casualties – over 1,000 are confirmed to be terrorists.

    Considering that according to the Arabs not one person died in Gaza of anything other than combat for the last month – the true number of civilian deaths is far lower.

    The number of rockets landing in Gaza from Hamas is about 36%. That means that a large percentage of the civilians killed were hit by Hamas fire.

    Very few civilians were hit by Israel – far less percentage than any other country in the history of modern warfare

    • Americana

      If this were true — that most Palestinian casualties were caused by errant Palestinian rocket launches that landed in Palestinian territory — CNN and other channels and news orbs would be reporting what were the Hamas rocket landings in Palestinian territory vs those landing in Israel or being intercepted by Iron Dome.


      Israel Creates ‘No Man’s Land’ in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent

      To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it needs to protect against Hamas rockets and tunnels. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the buffer zone eats up about 44 percent of Gaza’s territory.

      • Larry Larkin

        Good, about time.

        And happy eternal nakba to you, dirt bag, may you die after being bitten by a dog and your corpse be burned wrapped in a pigskin with a pork chop in your mouth.

        • Americana

          Ah, I can tell you’re not interested in facts. Just invective.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            Look who’s telling whom about facts. islamic propaganda is your specialty sharmuta.

      • reader

        Not enough. IDF should retake control over the entire territory. It’s no different from the German territory in 1945, as far as I am concerned.

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          I see your point. But I wouldn’t want to be an IDF solider stationed in Gaza and responsible for keeping the islamic-fascists under control.

  • CDM

    It’s a little known fact that CNN and other news outfits like AFP and Reuters hire local stringers to go places and shoot footage that their own people would dare not go. More often than not, these stringers are also working for the very groups that they are supposed to cover. So, either knowingly or unknowingly, these news outfits are functioning as propaganda mouthpieces.

    • Americana

      You must not know stringers are subject to vetting for employment. Stringers all over the world have died because they’ve dared to try to get the story out. Their stories must present factual material that stands up to scrutiny just as American journalists’ stories would be evaluated. There may be some stringers who are compromised, but the vast majority are not.

      • Pete

        Yes, stringers are vetted are vetted so very well because Western journalists are vetted so very well. LOL!

        “British journalist Diana Magnay has been reassigned to CNN’s Moscow bureau ”

        “Indeed sometimes Gaza so seems to dominate BBC foreign coverage that thousands of people killed last week in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya and various African conflicts – including many Palestinians killed in Syria – have barely been mentioned. (The BBC is the world’s largest broadcast network.)”

        • Americana

          The coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli fighting is always likely to dominate world coverage because no one knows what is likely to happen. The fact there have been ISIS advances in these other countries in the meantime and those advances haven’t been given enormous coverage is a matter of the news orgs deciding where they can safely insert journalists into countries under ISIS attack. There’s a lot more planning that goes into getting people and news equipment into a fresh war zone than there is into a KNOWN ENVIRONMENT like Gaza and Israel.

          • Pete

            A city where fighting is taken place is not a known environment.

            A city where fighting is taking place is He!!. People die there. Even tanks die there. It is a sniper’s paradise.The Germans called it rattenkrieg.

            It is a thing to be feared.

            Known environment? My G-d woman, what nonsense.

          • Americana

            A city where fighting is taking place is most hellish when neither side gives a rip about the fact you’re a journalist. Sadly, Gaza and the West Bank are virtually professionals at hosting journalists at this point w/the decades of fighting. If you’re in a place where one side or the other has told you it’s OK to go, then generally, w/some luck, it’s safe for you to go where they tell you.

            Journalists decide what their methodology will be given the type and nature of war it is and the knowledge they have about the individual forces they’ll be covering. it’s to neither side’s benefit in the Gaza fighting for journalists to be killed. If journalists are killed there, it will be because they’re in the wrong spot at the wrong time.

            You think those journalists just drive around, infiltrate an area and hope for the best? Listen, fella, you’re off the list of someone who knows anything about journalists in war zones.

          • Pete

            Once Hamas or Islamic Jihad decides a journalist would make a good martyr, it won’t matter what the journalist’s politics are or how many times they have interviewed Hamas officials. They will just be dead.

      • CDM

        By and large, that may be true in other parts of the world, but in Gaza or anyplace else in the region, that’s an entirely different story. The presence of a large amount of photos and video that is obviously staged or posed proves that. And how exactly can you “vet” someone who lives in Gaza?

    • Pete

      Stringers are vetted are vetted so very well, because Western journalists are vetted so very well.

      “British journalist Diana Magnay has been reassigned to CNN’s Moscow bureau ”

      “Indeed sometimes Gaza so seems to dominate BBC foreign coverage that thousands of people killed last week in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya and various African conflicts – including many Palestinians killed in Syria – have barely been mentioned. (The BBC is the world’s largest broadcast network.)”

      • Americana

        Let’s just look at the reason the Egyptians hate Hamas… They are a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood is the org which derailed the Egyptian revolution. As for all these other organizations saying they’ve had it w/Hamas, that’s a good thing, no?

        “Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!” wrote Azza Sami in the leading Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

        On Egyptian TV, several commentators said they were “sick and tired” of Hamas. There have been similar sentiments in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and even in the Fatah-controlled West Bank. So the next time 5,000 rowdy demonstrators take to the street to protest Western media’s supposed “pro-Israel” bias, they might want to keep in mind the history, the facts and what Arab media are saying about Hamas.

        As for what made Diana Magnay loose her cool, she was harassed and threatened. If you’re out there w/an unarmed news crews and a crowd tells you you’d better not say anything they don’t like on air or they’re going to destroy your vehicle, you might find yourself in a verbal reprisal mood.
        CNN correspondent Diana Magnay who called Israelis “scum” after they had taunted her near the Gaza border has been pulled out of the region and sent to Moscow.

        “After being threatened and harassed before and during a live shot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman told The Huffington Post.

        “She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew. She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

        On Thursday, the British newswoman was reporting live from a hill in Israel overlooking the Gaza border while Israelis were cheering as rockets were fired into the Palestinian region.

        Later, Magnay sent out a tweet, saying, “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on Gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong.’ Scum.”

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        • Pete

          So the Egyptian government and a good portion of the Egyptian people hate Hams. So what. We already knew that.

          What does that have to do with biased journalists and biased stringers?

          An Egyptian stringer might be unbiased. But who are the stringers?

          • Americana

            That’s pretty funny you’d post a video series on the ISIS advances where a Muslim stringer reporter and a Muslim videographer are the ones following ISIS around… (the VICE interviews) yet you’re indicting all Muslim stringers. The VICE interviews seem to have been dubbed by a British reporter after they’d been filmed.

          • Pete

            I did not indict Muslim stringer everywhere.

            I said there were biased journalists and biased stringers.

            I further implied there were a significant number of them. By this I mean a significant number of them to influence news coverage.

            There have been numerous examples of biased journalists. Somehow I am supposed to think that while many journalists are biased, that stringers are somehow different and numerous stringers are not biased.

            That would be #FAIL on your part.

            You are assuming that all or most of the stringers are Muslim. Seems to me that Daniel Pearl went to Pakistan for some stories and he wasn’t Muslim. to assume that in Gaza, the Westbank or Syria that we would only have Muslims stringers and journalists is something you have to establish. You have not. You fail.

            P.S. You do know Daniel Pearl was Jewish right?

          • Americana

            I’m not assuming most or all of the stringers are Muslim, they are however generally bilingual and can pass for either nationality if they aren’t put on the spot. Daniel Pearl was the South Asian Bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. His captors didn’t know for a few weeks that Pearl was Jewish because the journalists on the story, both those from his own Wall St. Journal journo family and outside news orgs, knew it was smart to keep that information out of the media for as long as possible. I’m not sure why you would suddenly inject an American Jewish journalist into a discussion about the use of stringers by American journalism orgs in foreign environs? Pearl was an American journalist, not a stringer. There are just as many American and European journalists there as there is use of foreign national stringers.

            True, you weren’t the one to write the following, it was CDM: “More often than not, these stringers are also working for the very groups that they are supposed to cover. So, either knowingly or unknowingly, these news outfits are functioning as propaganda mouthpieces.” That’s virtually impossible. Why? Because people are known in the industry. You aren’t allowed to be a mouthpiece for Hamas during the week and on the weekends you work for CNN. If CDM has got some proof of this I’d find it interesting to review it.

          • Pete

            “. I’m not sure why you would suddenly inject an American Jewish journalist into a discussion about the use of stringers by American journalism orgs in foreign environs?”

            I threw in Daniel Pearl, because most new junkies have heard of him, he wasn’t a local, and he was in a dangerous place. Did Daniel pearl speak Urdu, Pashto or Balochi? Doubtful. If I recall he was a brunette, but I doubt he could have passed of a Pakistani.

          • Americana

            Most American foreign bureaus will be staffed by a high percentage of Americans w/some stringers attached. Most journalists will generally avail themselves of interpreters rather than try to develop language skills beyond the rudimentary.
            No, Daniel didn’t speak any of those languages. It was his first foreign posting and who knows how long he intended to remain there. The Wall St. Journal is a fairly rapid-rotation news outfit.

          • Pete

            You are a liar. You are not a hobby farmer.

          • Americana

            Pete, since you’ve been proven to not be a farmer, I’d be careful about slinging the slime and the slop about who’s lying. Besides which, what the heck do those two points of yours have to do w/each other? Since when does being a liar preclude being a farmer and vice versa? Besides which, I’m not a liar. And I’ve got the biceps and the knowledge to put your farming knowledge to shame, so let’s have at it.

          • Pete

            I never lied about being a farmer. So being proven not to be a farmer is not a problem for me.

            If you cannot figure out what is wrong with the thread as it pertains to your posts, I am not going to help you with your problem.

            Let’s just say it is incongruent.

  • ezpz

    Brooke Baldwin of CNN was speaking this afternoon with the NDTV reporter who shot the video of the rockets being planted -and subsequently launched – from near the hotel where media personnel were staying.

    Following that interview, Brooke had Jim Clancy on for the obvious purpose of bringing ‘balance’ to the smoking gun (pardon the pun) NDTV video. Clancy was asked about PM Netanyahu’s recent comments at the press conference, and he (Clancy) could not have misrepresented those comments more if he tried even harder. Clancy said that the PM ‘equated the Palestinians with ISIS, etc.’ and that Netanyahu dehumanized the Palestinians.

    Contrary to what Clancy said, I clearly heard the Prime Minister go out of his way to separate Hamas from the Palestinian people – SEVERAL times. But that didn’t stop Clancy from giving his ‘expert’ and uncorrected ‘report’ of what the Prime Minister said.

  • wileyvet

    CNN and other MSM are a joke. Remember that CNN was paying Sadaam to maintain their Baghdad Bureau, in return for not doing stories hostile or derogatory to the regime. CNN also was easily duped during the 2006 Lebanon operation, with a hapless Nic Robertson being led around by Hezballah terrorists, and shown what were clearly staged events. And let us not forget the pro-Muslim butch Christianne Amanpour, biased journalism at its worst. And for Wolf Blitzer, who I believe to be a Jew, should have slapped that Muslim Hamas turd down and humiliated the man in public. Pull out the Hamas charter, ask him where all the international money has gone, and what exactly has Hamas done to improve the lives of the people they represent. Call him out for the lying dog that he is.

    • Ginger Li

      Leftist propagandists like the Wolf ought to be expelled from the civilized world and dumped into the midst of those Hamas Islamic barbarians with no connection to any media source and the parting words: ‘You like’m, you live with’m’. He should have great ‘access’ from there.


    every damn off-spring of Ishmael needs termination. napalm Dearborn, Mi. turn every sq. in. of sand belonging to the off-spring of Ishmael into glass. followed by democrats and the morons that vote for them, being Jimmy Hoffaed.


    to who-ever decides to put pictures in these news stories, please, please, please please do not put a picture of the MULATTO-MARXIST-MUSLIM again.

  • Benya Krik

    Since Ben believes that all Muslims, including Israeli citizens, should be expelled from Israel and the occupied territories, perhaps the best person to present the other side of the argument should be a Hamas spokesman

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Gee, what did mohammedans do to their Jewish populations in the 20th century again? Gee, what are mohammedans doing to their non-muslim populations throughout the muslim world right now? I’d cry for your muslim-nazi pals, but I’m fresh out of tears.

  • Larry Larkin

    You are a classic case of someone who is deserving of the Nurmeberg Solution.

  • reader

    I find it hilarious that your uncle swallowed a cyanid pill and downed it with a bullet to his head. That’s what a real man should try. I can’t fantom what can possibly prevent you from getting your kick out of this. Don’t have the uncle’s balls, huh?


    uncle gaydolf, How do you like H E L L?

    Are you still married to Eva?