Skewed Headlines

November 1, 2011 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

If the headline after Pearl Harbor read "Violence flares between Japan and the United States." what would you think?

Outrageous, right?

After all, the U.S. was attacked.

Or what if the headline said "back-and-forth violence" between Nazi Germany and Poland?

Again, totally misleading.

After all, Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

In recent days, Palestinian terror groups fired deadly missiles at Israel. The reason? These groups don't want Israel to exist, period.

Israel responded by targeting the terror groups. Israel's only goal is to protect its citizens.

How did the headlines look? Outrageous in some cases.

From Bloomberg BusinessWeek - "Violence flares between Israel and Gaza Strip."

From CNN - "10 killed in Gaza, Israel in back-and-forth violence."

How tragic that some in the media are unable - or unwilling - to distinguish between an aggressor and a victim!


This is David Harris of AJC.
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