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Narrative About Israeli Air Strike on Hospital Quickly Collapses Along With Corporate Media Credibility

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2023
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Israel has Iron Dome as its shield. Hamas has corporate media.

Another day, another black mark on the legacy media for promoting narratives rather than truth.

On Tuesday, numerous media outlets reported that Israel bombed a Palestinian hospital. Did they actually see Israel strike the hospital and kill hundreds of people or confirm that it happened? No, they were just reporting it as if it were fact.

Of course, some left-wing congressional Democrats in “the Squad” seized on the reporting and immediately used it to castigate Israel on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has made her sympathies clear, which is why she immediately condemned Israel for the hospital explosion.

 

 

Here’s Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.:

 

No surprise there. But is there any truth to the claim that Israel is just wantonly bombing hospitals?

One should always be skeptical of information coming out of a war zone. Not only can war zones be chaotic, but the belligerents often have a strong incentive to manipulate information for propaganda purposes.

In the case of Hamas, the government of the Palestinian territories, it’s a terrorist organization with a history of hiding behind civilians as human shields, in hopes of dissuading  Israel from attacking their military assets and to cause bad press for the Jewish state.

Despite what you’ve heard, both Israel and Hamas have their own version of defense given to them by Western countries. Israel has the Iron Dome; Hamas has left-wing media.

Hamas understands that. The only way they can “win” a war against Israel is by creating outside pressure and persuading Israel to restrain its military efforts so much as to be ineffective.

That’s why if media outlets are concerned about the truth and reporting the news—a fanciful notion, I know—they would at least be cautious when Hamas tells them that Israel blew up a hospital and killed hundreds of people.

That didn’t happen. Instead, countless legacy media outlets didn’t even wait for the dust to settle before they went with the narrative Hamas wanted to tell—that the hospital was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike.

“The New York Times, Reuters, the Associated Press, PBS, the BBC, and many others raced to repeat with utterly undue credulity the claim that Israeli forces wantonly attacked a hospital, producing upwards of 500 fatalities,” Noah Rothman wrote in National Review.

Here’s Ben Collins, NBC’s “disinformation” reporter.

 

In the hours after the explosion at the hospital, new information began to trickle in that contradicted the initial reports. The Israel Defense Forces immediately denied that they attacked the hospital. They claimed that the blast came from an Islamist militant group, Palestine Islamic Jihad, hitting their own people from Gaza.

 

Pictures from the area appear to show that the hospital wasn’t even struck at all, and the explosion came from the parking lot.

 

“Independent analysts poring over publicly available images of Tuesday’s explosion at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza and its aftermath say the blast site doesn’t bear the hallmarks of a strike with a bomb or missile of the types usually used by Israel,” the Wall Street Journal reported the day after the blast.

Al-Ahli Arab Hospital is actually a Christian hospital run by Anglicans.

Now, even U.S. intelligence and the Biden administration have said that they think the explosion was caused by militants in Gaza.

 

In 24 hours, the story figuratively went from “Israeli airstrike hits Palestinian hospital, 500 killed” to “Islamist militants bomb hospital parking lot, maybe 50 killed.”

Given the stakes here, you might expect some kind of mea culpa. Instead, we get a shrug.

Oliver Darcy at CNN tried to write off this mass media whoopsie as news outlets just struggling to adjust to the “fog of war.” 

Confusion in a war zone is one thing; reporting on it basically like this is another.

 

They should have known better.

Sometimes mistakes and corrections are made. But the fact that legacy media outlets were willing to jump headfirst into the story Hamas wanted to tell says a lot about their judgment—and unfortunately, about what we can expect from this war.

The initial reports on the explosion will almost certainly stir up more trouble in the Middle East and increase tension in what’s already a potential powder keg. 

The Squad members who immediately rushed to promote an unconfirmed story and blame Israel have yet to delete their posts as of now, so this story is persisting.

The fact is, citizen journalists did a better job finding the facts and getting to the bottom of this story than professional journalists with the support of huge newsrooms, massive budgets and—presumably—editors. 

And yet these same media outlets want to be the gatekeepers of what is reported as right and wrong, truth and disinformation.

Instead, they’ve rightfully earned the mistrust of the American people.

Reprinted with permission from The Daily Signal by Jarrett Stepman.

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J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
1 month ago

Wait, wait, I heard from the SQUAD that it was Israel that fired the Rocket, do you mean to tell me they may have been lying, but that means ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN MSDNC lied to me too, well hush my mouth, it has shaken my faith in the news media.
Here in my question, when they lie about this what else have they been lying about? The answer is —- EVERYTHING!
God Bless America, let the truth ring loud and Clear

Barbara P. Turner
Barbara P. Turner
1 month ago

Those in The “SQUAD” need to be run put of Congress today!

A Voter
A Voter
1 month ago

WHAT?!?!?!? The MSM and HAMAS lied to us?!?!?!? Say it ain’t so!

Jackie
Jackie
1 month ago

I am angry (have been for a couple of decades) for taking up a story when they don’t have all of the “facts” in place first!!! Anyone who took this story to the airwaves before they had all of the facts should be removed from their position!!! They only served to perpetrate feelings, emotions and hatred when it wasn’t deserved!!! The Squad members, in their glee to shut down Israel got the facts wrong but they will never recant or apologize because they lied!!! These people don’t belong in our Congress!!! The big problem is that those who listen to the Squad will believe anything they say whether it’s true or not!!! It’s agendas that are important here and the Squad’s agenda is not the best for the country!!

Krell51
Krell51
1 month ago

Oh no! The propaganda ministry (MSM) got caught lying again!

FDC
FDC
1 month ago

Since Israel is and has been an ally of the United States – Both Talib and Omar should be instructed to publicly apologize to the Israeli people or be sanctioned by Congress. The same should be applied to all of these “news” outlets, most particularly the main stream media in the United States.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

Nothing new under the Sun We all remember the outrage of the whole world when ambulances were attacked by those mean Israelis That they they were full of arms and ammunition was modestly not mentioned just as hospital will be not mentioned I wonder if any “mercy” ships are on the way bringing the much needed “medical” supplies Probably from Ukraine too now that they’ve got our money with which Mr. Biden is so generous as long as it’s not his own

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
1 month ago

The MSM didn’t lose their credibility with this event. They lost it long ago. So this is just what we should expect. The MSM declared that Trump was colluding with Russia, that Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation and that COVID originated naturally from a wet market. No need to seek corroboration. After all we have people like Adam Shiftless who had proof of Trump’s collusion. His word is good enough for the MSM. Then there is DOCTOR Fauci, who tried to cover up how tax payer money wound up in at a Chinese lab doing gain of function research not far from that Wuhan wet market. The FBI helped out by warning everyone that any story regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop was probably Russian disinformation. So when the government has your back, who needs to bother with journalism. When HAMAS tells you something, just go with it. All the news that fits our narrative!

Old Silk
Old Silk
1 month ago

They’re inciting violence against not only Israelis but Americans, from the seats they are occupying in the United States House of Representatives. We need a Speaker and Members of the House who have the guts to stand up to them. Assimilate or get out.

Thinking
Thinking
1 month ago

The squad should join Hamas since they hate the Jewish state and especially the people in it. Pick up a rifle and go kill some babies and holocaust survivors
They have no feelings about babies being killed or take responsibility for their errand rocket that hit the hospital. They don’t care their lies have been told for eons they don’t know what the truth is anymore.
My question to them is what has a 6 month old baby or a holocaust survivor ever done to you for that matter any Palestinian. If you hate them so much why are you living in America go back where you came from. You are not an American if you cannot support America. You are a subversive and should be charged as such.
The DOJ and ole Joe should order this immediately.
Only they won’t because their plan to bring America down is well and continuing.
Wake up America ole Joe and his minions are supporting both sides in this war. Only the people are being sacrificed and nothing will change. Till Hamas is standing on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Only then it is too late.

Denise
Denise
1 month ago

Reports in the few and far between Conservative reporters on scene…one of Hamas’ own rockets either hit the hospital on purpose or misfired…as it’s obvious their ugly and satanic evil against innocent people wouldn’t sway them from killing their own people….also news of today has also heavily linked Iran to the slaughter…a total terrorist nation.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
1 month ago

The media lied? I am SHOCKED (TFIC)! They lied about January 6, Trump-Russia collusion, the Denver mass shooting, George Floyd, Jussie Smollett, and on and on!

Hdrydr
Hdrydr
1 month ago

In a world of LIARS. The TRUTH is with the “conspiracy theorists”.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

No matter how many facts you present them, these ppl can’t believe babies were beheaded but they’re going to believe it wasn’t Israel and it wasn’t a hospital but a parking lot? These are the same “truthers” who, before they had Trump, suffered from Bush Derangement Syndrome and claimed 911 was ordered by him to “start a war”. I’m sure someone must have seen Netanyahu setting implosive charges at the hospital, too, right?

G., Schmitt
G., Schmitt
1 month ago

Thanks for printing the truth.

Rodewaryer
Rodewaryer
1 month ago

The left wantonly lies, without limits. The right plays by the rules, but the left does not. Allowing this to continue will see the right lose, everything.

Dennis Math
Dennis Math
1 month ago

Strange now that the media is telling everyone nothing happened to the hospital when it was just yesterday that both Netanyahu and Biden were both blaming the hospital destruction on the Palestinians “errant missile’.
Yet now we are told to believe nothing at all happened but some parking lot snafu?
I smell bovine excrement. A lovely odor to accompany our trip to the apocalypse.

Grandpaw5000
Grandpaw5000
1 month ago

Israel is the most humane of all warrior nations. They give ample warning when they are going to bomb a place where civilians may get involved. As usual the Lame Stream Media jumps the gun and blames Israel. That alone is a warcrime. I believe Israel should make it their mission to utterly obliterate Hamas as the war criminals that Hamass is! Vaporize the entire group. Obviously, Hamass does not care even about its own people!

Dal
Dal
1 month ago

corrupt news media has not been respectable for close to 20 years now. Lies are the sources they use all the time.

johnh
johnh
1 month ago

Hamas does not care either way as one of their leaders said this on Oct 8th: ” Israel believes in living & Hamas believes in death & that killing others makes them a martyr” and that is where this war is headed & the innocent people mean nothing to Hamas. That is bad news!

Enuf Said
Enuf Said
1 month ago

What do you expect from TRASH like Talib? She is Muslim,and if the Quran is correct–she CAN and WILL lie to us Christian infidels.Our Holy Bible does not condone lying to ANYONE- the Islamic book says it is totally fine!

NIcholas Elder
NIcholas Elder
1 month ago

Hey Charlie, we are still awaiting your evidence. Liar!!!!

heil biden
heil biden
1 month ago

THEY ALL GRADUATED FROM THE JOSEPH GOEBBELS SCHOOL OF BROADCASTING

Mike Failla
Mike Failla
1 month ago

Lies are told 2 ways, commission and omission. The lamestream media are garbage for the most part and biased as well.

Russ
Russ
1 month ago

Has the lying pos Tlaib apologized to Israel and her constituents yet?

Sue
Sue
1 month ago

All men are liars, including women and especially politicians

Chief601
Chief601
1 month ago

I wonder when the last time (if ever) the Lame Stream Media told the truth. IMO, they have no honor, integrity, truthfulness or courage. They lost any claim of integrity long, long ago (again, just my opinion)..

patriot
patriot
1 month ago

It is best to be cynical. Too often we see headlines that are meant to enrage us and then later find it to be just more of Bidum’s BS! Now I wait to see and hear what the real truth is

Bob Olden
Bob Olden
1 month ago

Sharyl Attkisson says if something is stated in major media it’s because that’s what “they” (controllers of major media) want you to believe. They manufacture the news, they don’t report it. There are so many examples of this that only fools fail to be skeptical. No matter what the opposite point of view, if they are not allowing it to be heard, then you know without a doubt that they are protecting a lie. And of course, they will never make right all the harms they cause!
May they be forever cancelled!
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John
John
1 month ago

Who cares? What has Israel or Hamas ever done for us? When we’ve solved all our problems, we can show concern for things 6K miles away. Not one dime for anyone until we’,ve paid off our own debt.

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