War, Twitter, and anonymity of social media bring out the crazies, propagandists

First, there was the Hamas propaganda video that purportedly showed buildings ablaze and people injured somewhere in Gaza, allegedly the result of an Israeli attack … in retribution to Hamas firing about 1,000 rockets into Israel this year, alone. Now, online social media’s anonymity is bringing out the crazies, many if not most making inflammatory anti-semitic remarks about Jews and Israel.

BBC airs fake Hamas video.

BBC airs fake Hamas video.

Take a look at this Hamas-shot propaganda video that has been aired repeatedly by CNN and BBC News, among others At 2:11 into the video below, a supposedly “injured” man is lifted by his pals and carried away. Yet, miracle upon miracles … there he is again – same guy – at 2:41 walking around, not a scratch. CNN continued to air the propaganda video even after the scenes had been discovered to be fake.

A news video editor with a week’s experience would have immediately spotted the fraud. But, not at CNN or BBC News. The level of tolerated dishonesty in mainstream news is higher than I have ever seen.

The world’s news media – hammered by economic cutbacks, layoffs, and an inability to keep up with the Internet – has decayed to a miserable and ill-informed state. The rich experience and knowledge of history that once existed in newsrooms is no more. As a result, the media is ripe for being taken advantage of.

Over at Twitter – where anyone can anonymously post any falsehood without accountability – some people are targeting @IDFSpokesperson, the official Twitter account for the Israeli Defense Forces, with vile anti-semitic remarks. One complained that Hitler should have killed all Jews.

On yet another front, Internet hackers – under the guise of “Anonymous” and in support of Hamas terrorists – have targeted many Israeli government and military websites.

Flag of Israel flying over a house near Tel Aviv.

Hamas today blasted its Iran-made rockets at Jerusalem, the Holy City, considered off-bounds when even Saddam Hussein attacked Israel in 1991. Jerusalem is a place where Jews, Christians, Muslims and others have worshipped for centuries.

Hamas terrorists are not aiming at Israeli military targets. Their rockets are used as weapons of terror.

The Hamas terrorists attack at will. They play by no rules. They have no limits of rationality. And, Hamas terrorists hide behind the people of Gaza, including children.

Many Israelis have been warned to stay close to bomb shelters, even in Tel Aviv.

[Footnote on Sunday, November 18, 2012] CNN’s Anderson Cooper, while explaining that CNN will not air the faked video again, admits that CNN uses UNVERIFIED video in its news reporting. You can watch Cooper here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=215_1353193694

BBC News said in a statement that it saw nothing wrong with the faked video.

 

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  1. You have identified a serious problem with today’s media. The rush for exclusives, the need to be first seems to be more important than the need to be factually correct. That said, one must ask, why it appears that the mistakes that are made always seem to show the Israelis in a particularly bad light; and of course later a correction will be made, but the damage will have already been done. Social media, Twitter especially, has actually provided a real service, for it lets us know that many of those who oppose Israel are in fact anti-semites. Hard to argue it is just a matter of policy with the vile anti-semitic remarks that have been made. You have raised an important issue and the world’s news media had better sit up and take notice.

  2. It’s critical that we trust our media to provide informative and truthful information. While there are no doubt some very strong reasons for relying on social media, laziness in the world’s News Media is not one of them. Worrisome.

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