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January 05, 2009

Perfidious Headline of the Day: "Israel Deaf to Truce Calls as Gaza Battles Rage On"

During the first week of the war, Dave in Texas called my attention to news outfits using headlines to editorialize about Israelis. Reuters did it again tonight with this story entitled "Israel deaf to truce calls as Gaza battles rage on" by reporter Nidal al-Mughrabi.

That makes it sounds like Hamas is ready to quit, if only those blood-thirsty Israelis would accept their calls for a truce. Of course, in the fifth paragraph the truth comes out:

Hamas vowed to fight on in "every street, every alley" and threatened to fire more missiles across the border into Israel.

So the headline could have just as accurately (though just as incompletely) read: "Hamas deaf to truce calls as Gaza battles rage on." But that would have run counter to Reuters' and this particular reporter's goals. Incidentally, Nidal al-Mughrabi's biased reporting was well-documented at least as far back as November 2006. Same old story at Reuters.

Later: By the way, this came to my attention because the headline was the top link on Google News, thus adding to my long-simmering suspicions about Google's own editorial activities.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 09:27 PM

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