An award-winning international journalist has written a must-read piece over at The Times of Israel regarding the mainstream media’s culpability in the high Gaza death toll.
Simcha Jacobovici explains that the media likes nothing more than props that can quickly and dramatically tell a story for them, and the Palestinians (in particular Hamas) have become masters at playing to this desire.
A highlight of the article is this line:
“…the Western media has taught Hamas that it doesn’t matter how downright evil you are. It doesn’t matter if you launch two thousand missiles at civilian targets, including the airport. It doesn’t matter if you use your own children as human shields. You’ll get the coverage you want if CNN, BBC et al. have props to point their cameras at. Our form of news-gathering has taught Hamas to turn their children into those props, and to sacrifice them on the altar of Jihad. By misreporting, our media has encouraged the bad guys to kill their own children, and has dragged Israel into a war it did not want.”
Sounds like the kind of child sacrifice that once dominated this region, and which Israel was commanded to wipe out.
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. (Psalm 106:37–38)
…for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. (Deuteronomy 12:31)