Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Buses, Bombs, and Bias (Updated)

The Palestinians talked about a cease fire yesterday, then blew up a bus in Tel Aviv this morning. Naturally, the Huffington Post made sure to bring the bias:

So on the one hand, this is so far the first and only picture of an Israeli victim of Palestinian terrorism ever published on the Huffington Post. So that's something. But the biased headline more than overrules that: According to the Huffington Post, buses just randomly blow up and injure people. Or at least, only buses in Israel. Everywhere else buses are bombed by people. The inside headline is even worse:

So now not only is the bus randomly blowing up on its own, its location is somehow significant! They also got the number of injuries wrong: it's 23, not 10. Despite blatant attempts by the Huffington Post to justify this attack on a bus by trying to make it sound as if it might have been directed against Israel's military, it sounds like a decent percentage of the Huffington Post readership didn't fall for it. Here are some of the top favorited comments:

Update: The Huffington Post has changed the "outside" headline:

And the inside headline has updated the number of wounded to 27 but has kept the "military headquarters" part.

1 comment:

  1. Did you see this?
    Huffington Post Deletes Hamas Comment Praising Tel Aviv Bus Bomb From AP Story
    Included in the report was this line and a follow up statement from Hamas:
    “While Hamas did not take responsibility for the attack, it praised the bombing.
    ‘We consider it a natural response to the occupation crimes and the ongoing massacres against civilians in the Gaza Strip,’ Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told The Associated Press.”


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