Today in Camera: Media Critics Show They Don’t Know Much ‘Bout Media
The flaw is that the slant of major news organizations only works when there is no news. Camera thinks it is a universal constant. This is why the Arab Spring seemed to catch everyone off-guard, as if it came out of nowhere. It didn’t, but the stringers employed by major news organizations never saw their job as reporting—they saw their job as being an effective front in the de-legitimization of Israel. The Middle East truly is dangerous place for reporters.
However, when actual news breaks, Camera assumes there will be media silence, and this just isn’t the case.
This story appeared in the Jerusalem Post:
PA arrests 150 in W. Bank’s largest-ever crackdown Several suspects in crackdown on crime, corruption are senior security officers; IDF calls operation possible turning point for PA.
(AP) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has launched his broadest weapons crackdown in years, for the first time confronting his own loyalists, including rogue security officers and gunmen linked to his Fatah movement.
Or this, from CBS:
Palestinians detain dozens in weapons crackdown. West Bank — Palestinian police say they have arrested more than 150 people, including security officers, during a crackdown on illegal weapons dealing in the West Bank.
The campaign is unusual because of its scope and because targets include gunmen linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. Previously, security forces went mainly after armed supporters of rival Islamic groups.
According to the logic of Camera, these stories shouldn’t appear because of a media conspiracy. More likely, being in these areas is just too dangerous and confusing. The bravery of the WWII cameramen and reporters is something many of us take for granted. It was actually a rare commodity.