Thursday, June 6, 2013

HP Original Reporting on Six Day Tweets: Bias Everywhere

The Huffington Post engaged in some original reporting about the IDF's "live tweeting" of the Six Day War on Twitter, which you may or may not have heard of. Right from the get go, the bias starts:

Yes, Israel is apparently "scaring the crap out of people" with it's Twitter account, according to the 100% professional, mainstream, unbiased Huffington Post. Way to keep it classy, editors.

It doesn't get much better on the inside. The headline is more objective ("Israel Live-Tweeting Re-enactment of Six Day War") but the text is anti-Israel all the way. Here's some examples:
"Once again displaying its ability to use social networks for bizarre purposes, Israel began live-tweeting a play-by-play reenactment of the Six Day War of 1967 Wednesday morning.Luckily, this time around, no one will be killed (we hope.)"
What is the link to "for bizarre purposes"? Israel's sharing of their taking out of a Hamas terrorist. How "bizarre!" And notice how the Huffington Post editors freely throw their opinions around about this subject, even though no one asked them. Here's another example:
"The IDF even posted Vines as part of its strange projectlike this one, which shows Israeli planes dropping bombs"
Did the HP bother to back up their claim that the reenactment "scares the crap" out of people? Yes, they most certainly did! How dare you doubt them!
"But some people were a little confused by the IDF's Twitter messages. Here's one user expressing alarm at an IDF tweet:"
So one user forgot for one second about how the IDF Twitter account works, which was explicitly set up to reenact the Six Day War and anyone who reads it has to deliberately choose to follow it so presumably knows how the Twitter account works, and the Huffington Post decided to go ahead and title their entire article based on that. 

Would it kill the Huffington Post reporters and editors to just report Israel news with at least an attempt to seem unbiased? Why not just report the IDF's reenactment on Twitter without all the editorializing? The readership is conditioned to hate Israel anyway. 

1 comment:

  1. Slightly off topic, but along the same lines, seems as if "dignity rockets" has come out of hiding. One month shy of a year since her last post on HP,
    Sharmine "Dignity Rockets" Narwani is back! But only to post a comment
    about the HP. She's apparently not happy with the coverage about Iranian political protests, stating:

    hp blogger Sharmine Narwani's Comments
    Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 09:35:20 in World

    “HuffPo, these are color-revolution tactics you are employing here. The slide show is from four years ago and you are juxtaposing it with a non-story about a totally unverifiable video in present time to create an illusion that suits Washington.

    How low you have sunk since your buyout.”

    Funny, I don't remember her complaining about all the "tactics" HP employed when writing about Israel. As a matter of fact, if memory serves me correctly, they were some of the same "tactics" that Sharmine herself used against Israel.

    Always interesting to see what occurs when the shoe is on the other foot.


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