For Immediate Release: Katie Wright (703) 683-5004 - Thursday, April
Criticism for Bush Administration and Israeli Anti-Terror Effort, Sympathy for Palestinians & Arafat
Deploring Terror-Fighters, Not Terrorists
Gumbel announced Thursday that he will quit as co-host of CBS's
ratings-challenged Early Show, but even as he began packing up
his stuff, Gumbel displayed, yet again, the agenda-driven questioning
style that's made him a poster boy for bias. This morning, he seemed
to push for a wider Middle East war to punish Israel for fighting
terrorism. "Why have Arab states done so little in response to
Israeli military operations in Palestinian territories," Gumbel
asked the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa. "You
talk of unified action and you talk of all the rage and yet we see no
action from the Arab states. Why not?"
"What we need is not to go back to
war-footing, what we need is to go forward on peace-footing,"
Moussa replied, looking more moderate than Gumbel, who did not ask
whether the Arab League would ask terrorists like Arafat's Al Aqsa
brigades to stop sending suicide bombers into Israeli civilian areas.
And, the departing CBS host is hardly unique. Since the Israeli military
campaign began, the broadcast networks, especially ABC, have shown
increasing sympathy for the Palestinians and Yasser Arafat, while
castigating both Israel and an allegedly neglectful Bush administration.
On Thursday, for example, Good Morning
America's Charles Gibson explained the procedures followed at
border crossings through the eyes of hassled Palestinians, not insecure
Israelis: "Only foot traffic can pass, Palestinians who work in
Jerusalem, opening their coats, raising their shirts, showing no
explosives are strapped to their bodies. They're made to wait in pens
before being checked one at a time. It takes at least an hour, they say,
to pass through.... Even at the checkpoints where Palestinian residents
of Jerusalem can pass back and forth from their homes to their jobs, the
waits are a humiliation, they say." The pictures showed that the
"pens," as Gibson called them, weren't little cages, but
rather muddy waiting areas surrounded by low barricades. And he
neglected to report that a terrorist bomb killed an Israeli police
officer at one of these "humiliating" checkpoints on Tuesday.
Friday, the day Israeli tanks seized
Arafat's compound after a Hamas terrorist attacked a Passover dinner,
killing more than two dozen civilians, ABC World News Tonight
anchor Peter Jennings zeroed in on the U.S. government: "Almost
everywhere you turn this weekend, inside the Middle East and out, you
hear people criticizing the Bush administration for not doing more to
end the violence."
Two days later, ABC reporter Terry Moran
editorialized on This Week: "His administration's response
to this latest upsurge in violence has been hesitant, confused and
contradictory. Mr. Bush himself has remained mostly aloof from
day-to-day management of the crisis, unwilling to risk his personal
political capital in such an uncertain endeavor." The next morning,
April 1, Gibson relayed how one Palestinian "felt it was criminal
- criminal was the word used - that the White House and President
Bush have not involved themselves more to try to defuse what is such a
high-tension situation here."
But that hasn't been the worst spin job.
On March 27, ABC's Jennings visited Beirut, and offered a positive
portrait of an anti-American terrorist group: "It is Hezbollah,
which means the party of God, that gets credit for liberating Lebanon
from the long Israeli occupation....Its 38-year-old leader, Hassan
Nasrallah, [is] a popular member of the political establishment. The
Bush administration says Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.
'Hezbollah was proud to resist the Israeli occupation,' [Nasrallah]
says. 'We gave our lives. We are not terrorists,'" Jennings
Later, at the site of America's former
embassy, the ABC anchor recounted its destruction: "In 1983 a man
simply drove his truck to the front door and blew himself up.
Sixty-three people died. Later that year, the Marine barracks here were
destroyed in much the same way, 241 Marines died." Actually,
Hezbollah terrorists committed those murderous acts, not a random
"man" with a truck, and Jennings knows it. Who does he think
he's helping when he spins the truth to make the terrorists look like
the good guys?
-- Rich Noyes
L. Brent Bozell III, Publisher; Brent Baker, Rich Noyes, Editors;
Jessica Anderson, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey
Dickens, Patrick Gregory, Ken Shepherd, Brad
Wilmouth, Media Analysts; Kristina Sewell, Research Associate;
Liz Swasey, Director of Communications. For the latest liberal media bias, read the
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