Hitler & Goebbels Would be Proud: More Biased Anti-Israel Reporting at CBS/60 Minutes


As you can see here and here, this is not the first time we have discussed 60 Minutes' anti-Israel bias.  CAMERA reports the following:

The efforts to delegitimize Israel's claim to Jerusalem have generally been limited to Arab and Muslim leaders, but recently, international media outlets have jumped on board to support them. The latest one to join the fray is Lesley Stahl of CBS News's "60 Minutes" in an October 17th segment entitled "Controversy in Jerusalem: The City Of David.

With several of her colleagues having already been there and done that, Ms. Stahl did not bother to engage in any serious journalism, research or fact-checking. She simply followed the playbook of Time Magazine, the Economist, and BBC's "Panorama" with a "paint-by-numbers" exercise calling on the same cast of characters, employing the same propaganda claims and reading from the same overall script. Parroting her colleagues at the aforementioned media outlets, Ms. Stahl demonstrated how to promote Arab political propaganda with shoddy and partisan journalism:
  1. Call it "controversial" to publicize archeological findings of Israelite history in Jerusalem, discredit the field of biblical archeology and dismiss archeological excavations as something run by a "settler organization."
  2. Call it political "indoctrination" to teach Jews about their historical roots in Jerusalem. 
  3. Portray Silwan as an area that does or should belong to Arabs. Describe Jews as interlopers with no right to live or carry out excavations there and ignore "inconvenient" history – both of Jewish habitation there as well as Jordan's illegal and racist occupation that ended it.
  4. Gloss over, minimize or ignore "inconvenient truths" that show Arabs as interlopers in the area.
  5. Challenge Israeli statements with Palestinian accusations.
  6. Do not challenge or fact-check any Palestinian statements. Instead accept, repeat and endorse them.
  7. Avoid mention of anything that might portray Palestinians and Arab leaders in a poor light, or as an obstacle to peace. 
  8. Suggest instead that it is Israeli actions – whether archeological excavations, purchasing of homes, or enforcing municipal laws – that obstruct the possibility of peace. 
Be sure to read the rest of this important report and detailed analysis at CAMERA.



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