And the media believed it.
By Oren Kessler. Mr. Kessler is a Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank, and formerly a journalist with the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.
August 12, 2014
> It’s the Mideast equivalent of “Dog bites man,” but it took the media nearly a month to recognize its sheer obviousness: Hamas lies.
> Why, then, do the media continue to accept Hamas propaganda unchallenged? Partly because the death of any civilian – particularly children, who are half of Gaza’s population – is heart-rending. Partly because the heat and fog of war make precise figures unknowable until well after the fighting. Partly because the narrative of a guerrilla militia confronting a modern military makes for compelling copy, and partly – perhaps mainly – because of Hamas intimidation and restrictions on the ground.
> After nearly a month, however, the media has belatedly cottoned to the Hamas game. Over the last week The New York Times, Al Jazeera and the BBC – none of them traditional redoubts of Zionist fervor – have begun casting doubt on their own previously reported statistics.