The Conflict Over Covering the Conflict in Gaza

  • Aired:  07/31/14
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Members of the media face accusations of bias from both sides of the Israel-Palestine debate, prompting a group to create a glossary of words for reporters to avoid. (6:04)

NATION, I'VE JUST BEENINFORMED THAT STARTING

TOMORROW ISRAEL AND HAMASWILL BEGIN A 72 HOUR

HUMANITARIAN CEASE-FIRE.

THOUGH THEY HAVE AGREED INHOUR 73 TO RESUME THEIR

INHUMANITY. THIS CONFLICT INISRAEL HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR,

WHAT IS TODAY, JULY 31st,3,000 YEARS.

(LAUGHTER)AND WE'VE ALL BEEN

HEARTBROKEN BY THE HORRORSOF THIS WAR.

BUT NOW THERE HAVE BEENDISTURBING REPORTS OF DAMAGE

TO ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANTINTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS,

ONE DIRECTION, WHO AREACCORDING TO CREDIBLE

REPORTS, DIVIDED OVER GAZA.

THAT'S RIGHT.

ONE DIRECTION-- (LAUGHTER)

ONE DIRECTION-- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

NOW HAS TWO DIRECTIONS.

(LAUGHTER)I MEAN THIS MAKES ME

QUESTION A LOT OF MYPREVIOUS ASSUMPTIONS.

I MEAN WHAT IF YOU DO KNOWTHAT YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL?

THAT WOULD MEAN YOU'RE NOLONGER BEAUTIFUL.

I MEAN THIS COULD SUBVERTTHE ENTIRE FIELD OF BOY BAND

EPISTEMOLOGY.

OF COURSE THERE ARE OTHERVICTIMS OF THIS CONFLICT,

THE NEWS MEDIA.

WITH ACCUSATIONS OF BIASBEING HURLED FROM ALL SIDES,

REPORTERS, ANCHORS ANDPUNDITS ARE CAUGHT IN THE

CROSSFIRE.

THOUGH OF COURSE NOT CNN'SCROSSFIRE.

NOT EVEN U.N. INSPECTORSHAVE SEEN THAT SHOW.

JUST LISTEN, LISTEN TO SOMEOF THESE SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS

THAT THE MEDIA HAS APRO-ISRAEL SLANT.

>> TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

JUST A FEW OF THE ISRAELIPRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU'S INTERVIEWS ONAMERICAN NETWORKS IN RECENT

WEEKS.

>> BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ISBEEN ON TELEVISION SO MUCH

YOU WOULD THINK HE WAS ANANCHOR, A COANCHOR ON SOME

OF THESE SHOWS.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ANDISRAEL PROPAGANDISTS

ARE LARGELY GIVENCARTE BLANCHE TO SAY WHAT

THEY WANT ON AMERICANINFORMATION WITH LITTLE

PUSHBACK.

>> LOOK HOW MUCH AIR TIMENETANYAHU AND HIS FOLKS HAVE

ON AIR ON DAILY BASIS.

I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE PALESTINIANBEING INTERVIEWED.

WE'RE RIDICULOUS.

WE ARE DISGUSTINGLY BIASEDWHEN IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

I DO NOT SEE A PRO-ISRAELBIAS ON MSNBC OR ON CNN'S

THE SITUATION KIBBUTZ

BECAUSE GOD KNOWS CHARGES OFBIAS GO BOTH WAYS.

HERE IS HOW THEY SAY THEMEDIA'S ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS

WORKS.

>> WHAT ABOUT THIS CHARGETHAT WE HEAR FROM ISRAELI

LEADERS AND SOME OF THEIRSUPPORTERS IN THE MEDIA THE

PALESTINIANS DELIBERATELYDISPLAY DEAD BODIES TO SCORE

PROPAGANDA POINTS.

IS THAT A FAIR ALLEGATION.

>> YOU SEE THE PICTURE OFTHE CIVILIAN DESTRUCTION AND

THE CIVILIAN CASUALTIES.

SO IT'S ALMOST AN UNFAIRCOMPARISON WHEN YOU SEE

BODIES VERSUS TALKING HEADS.

>> THEY ARE LOSING THIS.

THEY ONLY HAVE THE FACE OFBENJAMIN NETANYAHU.

YOU CAN'T COMPETE WITH DEADBODIES.

>> Stephen: SHE'S RIGHT.

BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WARWORKS.

WE ALL KNOW WHOEVER HAS THEMOST DEAD BODIES WINS.

(LAUGHTER)THANKFULLY, A GROUP CALLED

THE INTERNATIONAL PRESSINSTITUTE HAS STEPPED IN TO

END THE CONFLICT OVERREPORTING ON THIS CONFLICT.

IT'S A NONPROFIT THATPROMOTES PRESS FREEDOMS

AROUND THE WORLD.

AND IT HAS CREATED A HELPFULGUIDE TO COVERING THE

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICTCALLED USE WITH CARE, A

REPORTER'S GLOSSARY OFLOADED LANGUAGE.

>> I'VE GOT THE LIST RIGHTHERE, ALL RIGHT.

THIS IS THE ACTUAL LIST.

SO I CAN REPORT ON THECONFLICT WITHOUT USING ANY

SENSITIVE TRIGGER WORDS.

FOR INSTANCE, THE WORDTRIGGER.

(LAUGHTER)AND TO HELP ME DO THAT, I'VE

GOT MY INTERN JAY.

JAY THE INTERN, COME ON OUT,EVERYBODY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: OKAY, NOW, FOLKS,

JAY, GOOD TO SEE YOU MYFRIEND, NICE TO SEE YOU.

NOW FOLKS, WHAT WE'VE DONE,JAY AND I HAVE SET UP A

COMPUTERIZED MONITORINGSYSTEM TO ALERT ME WITH THIS

VERY COMPUTERY RED COMPUTERLIGHT, IF I INADVERTENTLY

USE A WORD THAT IS OFFENSIVETO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER, IT

WILL ALERT ME.

NOW WITH THAT IN MIND, LET'SGET RIGHT TO THE LATEST FROM

THESE DISPUTED AREAS.

>> WHAT WAS THAT.

WHAT WAS THAT?

>> ARE YOU NOT SUPPOSED TOSAY DISPUTED AREAS.

THE GUIDE SAYS THERE ISTECHNICALLY A DISPUTE BUT

PRO PALESTINIANS FEEL THATREFERENCE TO DISPUTED AREAS

LEGITIMIZES THE ISRAELIGOVERNMENT'S CONTROL OF

THEM.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

THEN I WILL CALL THEM SHOOTYPLACES.

(LAUGHTER)NOW TO THE LATEST UPDATE ON

THE AGGRESSION-- WAIT WHATDID I SAY.

>> AGGRESSION.

ISRAELIS FIND THE WORDPROBLEMATIC WHEN USED TO

DESCRIBE MILITARYOPERATIONS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S PERFECTLYUNDERSTANDABLE.

OKAY THEN ON TO THE LATESTMEASURES --

>> NO MEASURES.

>> Stephen: RIGHT, RIGHT,BECAUSE THAT IMPLIES SOMEONE

THOUGHT BEFORE DOINGSOMETHING.

OKAY, OKAY, HOW ABOUT THIS.

WE NOW TURN TO THE LATESTACTIONS.

ACTIVITY

TODAY THINGS OCCURRED-- (LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)MEANWHILE IN JERUSALEM-- IT'S

THE NAME OF A CITY.

(LAUGHTER)BUT IT'S A VERY DISPUTED

AREA.

>> AHA!!

NOT SO EASY, IS IT, JAY.

YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST FORGETTHIS WHOLE THING.

THE ENTIRE SITUATION IS[BLEEP].

(LAUGHTER)(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

OH, WELL, GREAT, WELL GREAT.

WELL THEN WE'LL HAVECOMPLETE COVERAGE OF THIS

CLUSTER [BLEEP] UNTIL THEYREACH A FINAL SETTLEMENT.

CLOSURE-- HUMMUS-- WE'LL BERIGHT BACK.

SERIOUSLY?

I CAN'T SAY THAT?

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