Friday, November 10, 2023

Mainstream Media Embedded With Hamas

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Did it occur to you that the media was getting an awfully lot of up-close pictures of Hamas fighters during their terrorist assault on Israel? 

We have now learned why they were able to get the up-close pics of Hamas warriors.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come out swinging against the mainstream media networks whose journalists were caught embedded in photographs with Hamas terrorists during the October 7 attack. 

Here are the media organizations that hooked up with Hamas and what Netanyahu had to say about it.

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Yesterday, Netanyahu called the photojournalists “accomplices in crimes against humanity,” condemning mainstream media outlets—Reuters, The Associated Press, CNN, and The New York Times— for working with known terrorist groups. 

He said:

The National Public Diplomacy Directorate in the Prime Minister’s Office views with utmost gravity that photojournalists working with international media joined in covering the brutal acts of murder perpetrated by Hamas terrorists on Saturday, October 7, in the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. These journalists were accomplices in crimes against humanity; their actions were contrary to professional ethics. Overnight, the Government Press Office issued an urgent letter to the bureau chiefs of the media organizations that employed these photographers and sought clarifications on the matter. The National Public Diplomacy Directorate demands that immediate action be taken.

Shortly after the news broke out, Israel Minister of Communications Dr. Shlomo Karhi wrote a scathing letter to the liberal outlets, demanding they decide if they stand “on the side of life and good” or “on the side of depraved terrorism, inhumanity, and evil.”

He wrote, “The gravity of the situation demands a swift and thorough response. It is now a time for individuals, journalists, institutions, unions, and organizations around the world to make a clear choice."

Late Wednesday night, photographs circulated the internet revealing several journalists standing near Hamas terrorists. Allegations are accusing them of being complicit in the attacks that left more than 1,400 Israelis dead. 

The New York Times' attempt to explain is pathetic. 

Several "photojournalists" were revealed to have been embedded with Hamas during the deadly October 7th terrorist attack on Israel. That immediately raised serious questions about possible foreknowledge and participation in the atrocities that occurred. In at least one instance, a journalist was seen in a video carrying a grenade while riding across the border with Hamas fighters. 

What truly made this a scandal, though, was the fact that the journalists in question were contractors for major U.S. news outlets, including CNN, the AP, Reuters, and The New York Times. In fact, many of the first pictures we saw of the attacks came from those outlets paying these so-called journalists for their photographs. 

But while CNN and the AP immediately cut ties and denounced what was discovered, The New York Times made an astonishing statement. In it, the newspaper defended the journalist in question and claimed they were the victims. 

The Times said, "The accusation that anyone at The New York Times had advance knowledge of the Hamas attacks or accompanied Hamas terrorists during the attacks is untrue and outrageous. It is reckless to make such allegations, putting our journalists on the ground in Israel and Gaza at risk. The Times has extensively covered the Oct. 7 attacks and the war with fairness, impartiality, and an abiding understanding of the complexities of the conflict."

Given that the Times was one of the chief outlets that spread the fake story about Israel bombing the Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, a story sourced directly from Hamas, no, they haven't covered the war with fairness, impartiality, and abiding understanding. 

Rather, as has happened so many times throughout history, the Times has spent much of its coverage flirting with evil, if not outright covering for it at times. 

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