Can someone please help out the New York Times? While it has come up with 560,000 photos of ten different crying men covered in blood while holding someone’s dead children, it can’t seem to find a single photo of a Hamas terrorist.
After my piece Thursday morning asking why mainstream media outlets aren’t showing photos of Hamas fighters in Gaza, The New York Times offered me this response: We don’t have any.
Of the 37 images that make up the Times’ most recent three slide shows of photos from the conflict, there’s not a single shot of a Hamas rocket launch (though more than 2,800 rockets have been fired at Israel) or of Hamas fighters using mosques, schools or hospitals as bases of operation.
Here’s what Eileen Murphy, the Times’ vice president for corporate communications, says:
Our photo editor went through all of our pictures recently and out of many hundreds, she found 2 very distant poor quality images that were captioned Hamas fighters by our photographer on the ground. It is very difficult to identify Hamas because they don’t have uniforms or any visible insignia; our photographer hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun.
I would add that we would not withhold photos of Hamas militants. We eagerly pursue photographs from both sides of the conflict, but we are limited by what our photographers have access to.
Why would I not believe Eileen?
Hamas terrorists are notoriously shy. It’s not like they run around waving guns and RPGs while wearing black masks and green headbands.
Like Bigfoot, many think that Hamas might even be a legend. Certainly not even the most daring photojournalist has come away with a single photo of the elusive creature known as the Hamas terrorist.
I can’t expect the New York Times to perform miracles. All they have are blurry creatures who might be Hamas terrorists or Bigfoot. There’s just no way to know.
And in all of Gaza, they haven’t even seen anyone carrying a gun. Not one person.
And since the New York Times, that glorious bastion of journalism, which claimed that Hitler was a moderate and there was no famine in the USSR, says so.
So it must be true. It’s impossible to find a single photo of a Hamas terrorist. But if you happen to come across a photo of a Hamas terrorist, please email them to email@example.com or Tweet them to her at @NYTeileen.