Monday, August 15, 2005

Media Bias Discovered!

It doesn't happen very often, but I, DovBear, have discovered an instance of media bias in the mainstream media.

In Defiant settlers try to block Israeli soldiers, MSN makes it seem like the overwhelming majority of Gaza residents are activly and forcefully resisting eviction.
Defiant and tearful Jewish settlers locked their communities’ gates and formed human chains to block troops from delivering eviction notices Monday, as Israel began its historic pullout from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation.
Not until the 15th paragraph are we told the truth:"Many of Gaza’s 8,500 residents have already left," and an "additional 300 families [will] leave on Monday."

That's the story, in my opinion. Thousands are complying with the will of the nation, and those thousands should be celebrated as examples of Israel's renewed commitment to peace and justice. The handful who are resisiting are not the story, and they are not representative of Israeli society. Those thousands who left peacefully, tell us something important about Israeli society, but you would not know it from the stories about the few resistors.