February 16, 2016

Toronto Star & CP24 turn Palestinian terrorists into victims

Mike FegelmanGuest Post

In Jerusalem and in areas of the West Bank today, five Palestinian terrorists carried out brazen shooting and knife attacks with the intent of murdering Israeli security forces and presumably, the civilian population at large.

Averting a potential massacre and acting in self defense, Israeli forces shot dead the five Palestinian assailants. In some cases, returning fire after being shot at by Palestinian gunmen.

How did Canada’s media cover these attacks?

The Toronto Star published the following misleading and unfair headline on page A12 in today’s world news section:

This headline was marred by the fact that it failed to mention that these 5 Palestinians initiated several shooting and stabbing terror attacks on Israeli forces.

The false impression left by this headline was that 5 presumably innocent Palestinians were killed in attacks with Israeli forces.

This headline therefore made the guilty party innocent and the innocent party guilty as it did not include vital context about the nature and origin of the attack.

The headline could have easily read: “5 Palestinian attackers killed by Israeli forces”.

As HonestReporting editor Daniel Pomerantz noted recently: 

”This stands in stark contrast to the way similar events are covered all over the world. Imagine a 9/11 headline stating, “Fifteen Saudi men killed in America…”  or a Paris headline saying, “Middle Eastern men killed by French Police…”  In this kind of situation, where people are under attack, a headline that emphasizes the death of the terrorists is misleading to the point of offensive.”

While the body of the Star’s article was accurate, however, readers view headlines 3:1 over the adjacent article. As a result, many Star readers were likely misled by this headline into thinking that Israel killed 5 innocent Palestinians.

Last but not least, CP24′s coverage of these attacks also turned the Palestinian terrorists into victims of Israeli aggression.
Today’s coverage was headlined “Three teens killed by Israeli troops in two separate incidents,” a headline which altogether failed to mention that the three teens were Palestinian terrorists.
CP24′s anchor led the report with emphasis on the “death of three Palestinian teenagers” while stating as fact that the three Palestinian teenagers were killed and shot by Israeli officers.

Importantly, Israel’s claims that their forces acted in self defense was stated in attribution only.

To watch the full CP24 report please click here or on the image below and see the full transcript immediately below:



“Violence across the west bank today has resulted in the death of three Palestinian teenagers. In one incident, a 17-year-old Palestinian was fatally shot by an Israeli officer at a checkpoint near Bethlehem. According to Israeli police, the teen was running towards the checkpoint with a knife. Earlier in the day, two fifteen year olds were killed by Israeli forces near the city of Jenin. the Israeli military said one of them opened fire on troops patrolling in the area.”

If you’re angered by the Toronto Star’s and CP24′s coverage which turned these Palestinian terrorists into victims, please communicate your concerns to the Star and CP24 and call for corrective action to be undertaken to set the record straight.

Please send emails to the Star’s Public Editor at: publiced@thestar.ca and CP24 now@cp24.com.

(This story originally appeared on Honest Reporting and is reprinted with permission)

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commented 2016-02-17 02:29:20 -0500
Err, I keep getting fooled by this. I see the article’s author as Brian Lilley on the main page, but the actual web page shows different authorship. Please fix your link tags, TheRebel!
commented 2016-02-16 21:57:43 -0500
George, what of the points Pomerantz makes? Your argument fails in the face of that.
commented 2016-02-16 21:21:31 -0500
I can just imagine how the CTV covered this story. But of Course the Palestinian victims would have to wait until CTV reported every little thing about their beloved Syrians first.
commented 2016-02-16 15:10:55 -0500
George Luck: What do you read first in a news article? What catches your eye as you scroll down the page? What is written in larger and darker font in a news article? It is the headline of the news story! So, if someone just read the headline, and not the complete article, that person could be lead to believe that Israelis indiscriminately killed Palestinians! That is the point of this article by the Rebel.

That is exactly HOW the mainstream media refocuses the whole point of a news article! That is what I refer to as bias in reporting! Make it appear that the Israelis are a fault!
commented 2016-02-16 14:10:45 -0500
My rule of thumb with the MSM is not to believe anything they say about anything. The lying media is the reason that we have the stupidest twit ever as PM.
commented 2016-02-16 13:56:14 -0500
George Luck;
If you cannot see the spin in these two MSM reports, you are blind. They are written in a manner that makes the Israelis Police look like trigger happy vigilantes. Misinformation is common in the Canadian news media, who’s agenda’s are to mislead the Canadian public and create Jew haters. Trudeau will be proud of them especially the Star, his favorite comic book.
commented 2016-02-16 11:07:08 -0500
The headlines should read, ‘Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers after attacks on Israel’

But you know, the Western Liberal MSM
commented 2016-02-16 10:33:52 -0500
Bravo, I agree. Canada’s new reputation since Trudeau’s Liberals took power is disgraceful and will only get worse. The Liberals are damaging relation with our allies, and especially the US, which if Liberals continue on their wholesale refugee importation without proper vetting, the US will close the US/Canada border and make it very difficult for trade to occur … our biggest trading partner.
commented 2016-02-16 10:29:56 -0500
George, you are wrong.

The headline is misleading just as other headlines of this nature around the world do the same.
commented 2016-02-16 10:25:55 -0500
No surprise – Canadians are even starting to be despised on various comment channels – lots of negative comments about the “new” Canada appearing on Breitbart, News Busters and more.

Our new reputation is not one that I am proud of.

And the media in Canada keeps it growing.
commented 2016-02-16 10:21:49 -0500
Sorry, but you are way out of line on this one. I am no supporter of that rag the Star but the headline is accurate. It may not say what you want it to say. It may not give the whole story but that is what the body of the article is for. Any implication you see in that headline is a commentary on your personal agenda only. I am not faulting you but you must understand that making such unsupportable accusations like this only weakens the brand and makes our outrage less credible when it is really needed.