September 10, 2002
CNN having trouble with facts

Read this story, and note the following paragraph:

The U.S. State Department has labeled Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group, as a terrorist organization. The group's military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, has admitted responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and the Israeli military.

The implication is that the State Department designation is of dubious reliability. What further activity is required for CNN to identify them as a terrorist organization? While it's nowhere near as overtly biased as Reuters' refusal to label Hamas as a terrorist group, CNN appears to be heading in that direction. I would not have noticed this a few months ago, but as more and more of the blogosphere have focused on media bias against Israel, I have become more attuned to this sort of distortion.

posted on September 10, 2002 10:44 AM


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