Confirms Pro-Israel Mass Media Bias -
The Insider, July 10, 2004 - (Posted here by Wes Penre for
Illuminati News, July 11, 2004)
following BBC News report documents research which confirms that there is a
major bias in favour of Israel in the British mass media. The same observations
apply to the mass media in the US but to a greater extent.
These observations are consistent with the propaganda model described by Chomsky
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television news coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is confusing
viewers and favouring the Israeli position, a new report says.
The study, by the Media Group at Scotland's Glasgow University, found Israelis
were quoted more than twice as
as Palestinians in reports
Many viewers were also not even sure who was "occupying" whose territory.
They found that, in addition to "a preponderance of official Israeli
perspectives", US politicians who support Israel were "very strongly featured"
in news programmes, appearing more than politicians from any other country and
twice as much as those from Britain.
Researchers also found a strong emphasis on Israeli casualties on the news
despite the number of Palestinian deaths being considerably greater.
And the differences in language used by journalists for both sides were also
"Words such as 'atrocity', 'brutal murder', 'mass murder', 'savage cold blooded
killing', 'lynching' and 'slaughter' were used about Israeli deaths but not
Palestinian," the report said.
"The word 'terrorist' was used to describe Palestinians by journalists but when
an Israeli group was reported as trying to bomb a Palestinian school, they were
referred to as 'extremists' or 'vigilantes'."
But Glasgow University's Greg Philo that told the same programme that the facts
speak for themselves.
"You can't have a history lesson each time you do the news, but the problem is
80% of the population rely on television news for their information about the
world," he said.