When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’
At this point, the rockets targeting Israel have done very little damage. There are no reported Israeli deaths. But the fact that dozens of Palestinians had died, including several children, by the time ABC aired its report apparently did not cause them to consider this more newsworthy than Israeli fear. The rocket attacks on Israel are treated as being more fundamentally important than the attacks being launched on Gaza. Sawyer’s introduction at the top of the broadcast was this: “On the brink: Rockets raining down on Israel. The Israelis trying to blast them out of the sky. And our reporter is there on the front lines.” With that kind of set up, a newscast is bound to believe that the destruction they’re showing viewers must be in Israel–even though anyone who’s actually followed this story would know that the images show a level of destruction that is only happening in Gaza. That’s why ABC’s error should be seen less as a simple mistake, and more as a reflection of a worldview.
Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis (via poppoppopblowblowbubblegum)