Fake news and undeclared media bias are everywhere, but it is no more glaringly evident than it is in the mainstream coverage of the Hamas backed March for Return riots at the Gaza border with Israel.
The media is painting Israel as being overly aggressive and in some cases, flat out murderous, with the “protestors” who want to breach the border fence and return to lands they claim were once theirs.
Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders wrote:
“After soldiers opened fire on the protesters with live ammunition as well as plastic bullets and other non-lethal ammunition, Israeli officials acknowledged that none of the protesters had attempted to cross the border barrier, and video of the incident did not show any armed protesters (some threw rocks, rolled burning tires and used slingshots, but the great majority were simply marching).”
Just marching, peacefully, with burning tires? HonestReporting.ca fact checked Saunders and rolled him into a ditch like a burning tire, stating:
“But as the Times of Israel reports: ‘Among the dead were two men who, armed with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades, opened fire on Israeli soldiers and attempted to breach the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, before they were shot by IDF infantrymen and a tank, according to the army. The military later provided video footage of the attack from its surveillance cameras along the fence, as well as photographs of the weapons.’”
That is only one example of anti-Israel fake news out of hundreds born of this latest violence.
Joining me tonight from Jerusalem to discuss the fake news, propaganda and lies about the pro-terrorist March of Return riots is Canadian pro-Israel activist Leslie-Ann Stoffel from Real Clear Israel.