Friday, January 2, 2009

Keeping an Eye on the AP

I'm really, really glad he's doing it because I've been having a real problem with their biased, Israel is the victim, s***-sludge "reports" they have been issuing lately.

"AP says: ‘Israeli assault targets symbols of Hamas power’
And what, exactly, do Steve Gutkin, Josef Federman, and Matti Friedman mean by “symbols of Hamas power”? [1]

Mosques, schools, homes, universities, etc.

But why do these unbiased, conscientious, objective, Israeli AP editors not refer to them by their real designations?

Perhaps because if they did, they’d be indirectly accusing Israel of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and so on. And we can’t have that — especially coming from the W. Jerusalem bureau, where AP staffers must be Good Israelis if AP is to have its lease renewed. Oh yeah, and those settlerists are quite adept at rioting, beating people down, destroying their property, and making their chosen enemies — e.g., journalists — run for their lives....


"AP: Israel’s noble aggression not likely to succeed—dangit!

Of course, that isn’t exactly what The Associated Press said. But, when its W. Jerusalem bureau released the December 27 report titled ”Analysis: Hamas unlikely to be toppled,” [1] it is exactly what it meant....


"Another Huge AP Hoax on the Gaza Massacre

The hoax, from AP:

Israel launched its campaign, the deadliest against Palestinians in decades, on Saturday in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns. [1]

The reality, from Haaretz:

Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.

More reality, from AFP & The Daily Star:


"More AP Hoaxes on Israel’s Genocide of Gaza

Hoaxes in bold type. Hoax-busting in brackets....


"Famous Last Contributions of an AP Editor

Or, Why The Associated Press and the ‘Mainstream Media’ Are Largely Responsible for the Theft of U.S. Tax Dollars to Subsidize Criminal U.S. and Israeli Warfare-Statism

Following are just a few excerpts you will not find in an Associated Press news report, because if an AP editor allowed such reports to be released, he might eventually be demoted, fired, or forced to resign — not because the statements are not true, but because, in fact, they are....


"Will AP Stop at Nothing to Push for War on Iran?

The Associated Press Lies and Deceives While Defaming Islam and Christianity, in Its Latest Apologia for Israel’s Massacre on Gaza

On December 28 — the day after the Israeli carpet-bombing of the 1.5 million impoverished and imprisoned Palestinians of Gaza began — Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a religious decree stating that those who die while defending Palestinians against Israeli aggression in Gaza will be considered martyrs.

Since then, thousands have reportedly volunteered, and on December 30, the Iranian daily, Payvand News, released a news brief titled “Students ready to launch ‘Esteshhadi’ operations in Gaza,” reporting thus:

A large number of students from various universities of Iran on Tuesday voiced their readiness to launch Esteshhadi (martyrdom-seeking) operations in Gaza.

In separate phone calls to IRNA, students from universities of Tehran, Mashhad and Kerman announced their readiness to undertake operations in defense of the people of Gaza.

So according to a Persian source, the Persian term those students are using — Esteshhadi — translates to “martyrdom-seeking.” And their actions are reportedly “in defense of the people of Gaza.”

AP, on the other hand, translates it only slightly differently. This morning’s AP headline on the story is titled “Volunteer suicide bombers seek to attack Israel” [1]; its lede goes thus:

Hard-line Iranian student groups have appealed to the government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers to leave Iran and fight against Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. . . .

Five hard-line student groups and a conservative clerical group launched a registration drive on Monday, seeking volunteers to carry out suicide attacks against Israel.

Now, that is how you get people’s attention, from the headline to the lede, and if you’re a really good compiler-editor, your readers will be salivating for the juicy bits in the ensuing dialogue:


"AP: Israeli sorties target Gaza mosques—Amen!

Just when you thought The Associated Press couldn’t be more callously unethical — more legally- and morally-dismissive — in its reporting of the criminally depraved Israeli carpet-bombing of Palestinians in Gaza, they outdo themselves....


"More AP Nastiness on the Gaza Massacre

Ah, the fun never ends for the cookie-cutters at the editorial desk of the W. Jerusalem bureau. But you know what? Why should they have all the fun? Let’s have a little fun of our own, shall we? The following excerpts come from today’s AP release titled “Israel kills top Hamas figure, escalating campaign.”

Can you spot the lack of moral indignation and the omission of legal implications?


(All analysis and articles by DetainThis)