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The cover-up

Jonathan Cook, Al-Ahram, 13-19 July:

Israel developed its own “embedding” strategy during the disengagement from Gaza last year. Only journalists from the big news organisations were allowed into the Strip, on special army buses that drove straight to the settlements. Those without accreditation from the main media organisations, and those who had upset Israel with their previous reports, had little hope of gaining entry. Disfavoured journalists were doubtless supposed to take note for next time, and change the tone of their coverage.

The big media organisations have no interest in pointing out why they have special access to Gaza and at what price such privileges were bought. An admission from them would hint at some of the subtle pressures already influencing their reporting and might expose the cosy arrangement that offers them a monopoly on the flow of information at a time when they are already feeling the heat from the rise of Internet journalism not subject to the agendas of wealthy owners and corporate advertisers. 

17 comments ↪
  • orang

    This is not new. How about the glorious reporterperson on the ground reporting to us from Jenin flapping her arms around and telling us from the outskirts of the town, "There is no masacre". with the D-9's busy in the background and the IDF smirking behind her. Well duh!

  • orang

    And now with the embedded ones in Israel , we will get the whole and inside story of the mad dog "response" to Hamas and Hizbollah.

  • Addamo
  • Addamo

    Ah bugger it, here is the link with all the pics:
    http://redstateson.blogspot.com/

  • Captain

    Don't they treat their dead with such dignity?!!!

    But addumbooo if you are really concerned about the death of children, can you explain please why the mourners seem to encourage it?!

  • orang

    Aaah the uglies are here

  • Addamo

    Yeah right Captain.

    Those silly Lebs putting themselves and their children directly under tha paths of IAF bombs. Don't they know anything?

    But at least we can safely say that the IDF aren't terrorists and don't decapitate people right Captain?

  • Captain

    Ah, those silly lebs for not adhering to UNSC resolution on Hezbollah. Ah, those silly lebs for allowing Syria and Iran to use their soil to attack a sovereign state. And now they have crocodile tears. Who would have guessed it?

  • Addamo

    You moron Captain,

    It was the Us funder Cedar rovolution that put the impotent Lebanese leader into government. Are you relaly that stupid?

    Anyway, if Syria and HHezbollah were the real targets, that's who Israel would be going after. Instead, they are attacking Lebanese neighbourhoods and infrastructure that has nothign to do with terrorists or infrastructure. This is just another example of Israel's blood lust on display.

    Hope you're enjoying it Captain. Keep a box of kleenex close by.

  • orang

    The Lebs, were stupid to try a Pre-Emptive strike against Israel who invented it.
    (Lesson No. 1, you need many many F-16's you dumb fuck Lebs before you try it)

    So here we go again, Israel have their backs to the sea fighting valiantly with their D-9's and 150mm cannon, God willing, they will win this and they will sing praises round the campfires on the beaches of Tel Aviv. Victorious, miraculously and inexplicably yet again.

  • Captain

    Lebanese neighbourhoods and infrastructure that has nothign to do with terrorists or infrastructure.

    Its just where hezbollah operate you moron.

  • orang

    captain, while we're on the subject of morons, how about Beirut airport-is this Hezbollah? Or the bridges to the airport or to Syria- Hizbollah also? What about the Christian sector of Beirut?

    You still need that reference? You mean you haven't been paid yet and are being such a good soldier for the cause?.

  • Captain

    Whilst Hezbollah use the airport to take charge of weapons and to move the soldiers that they kidnapped then it is a fair target. Lebanon should have been more vigilant.

    Its funny how you pure Jew haters think that terrorists can operate without needing infrastructure.

    Have you had a look at those children indoctrination videos yet? They are such pure victims!

  • JohD

    Yep, those terrorist must be drinking the water – blow up the aqueducts. Electricity? You bet – blow up the power stations. Are you seriously suggesting that a terrorist never crossed that bridge?

  • Captain

    UNSC 1559. Disarm them and it will return to normal. Until then, take your complaints to the Syrians and Iranians. Let them shed tears for the Lebs.

  • JohD

    I wonder how this is all going to end? My guess is that it is going to end in a lot of tears, all round. UNSC 1559, I do believe that UNSC 1559 was designed to get Syria to leave Lebanon so that Israel could invade and attack with impunity again. I just read Narallah's address, and it is impressive. I now realise that Israel is in a bind; it bever expected this response, and will not be able to strike at any clear target, nor will it achieve any worthwhile goal in Lebabnon, nor Gaza. As far as Hezbollah is concerned, it is full-scale war, on its terms. I do believe they have a point.

    I siad earlier that the spell has been broken. Neither the US, nor Israel can rely on barbaric attacks to break the spirit of the people. America made that mistake in Iraq, and Israel is making the same mistake in Lebanon. The people are not scared. Resigned to their fate, and the remorseless slaughter of their people for sure, but not afraid. Israel is going to pay an exacting price, and will not realize the price until it is well and truly stuck. Like someone with a razor in the throat; the won't be able to spit it out, nor will they dare swallow.

  • Addamo

    Have you had a look at those children indoctrination videos yet? They are such pure victims!

    You mean the shilcren in those pictures that look more liek offcutes from the local slauhter house?

    The people are not scared. Resigned to their fate, and the remorseless slaughter of their people for sure, but not afraid. Israel is going to pay an exacting price, and will not realize the price until it is well and truly stuck. Like someone with a razor in the throat; the won’t be able to spit it out, nor will they dare swallow.

    You hit the nail on the head JohD. The Arabs have seen that taking the peaceful route still produces the same results – oppression and brutality of their people, so in their mnd, no doubt, they might as well die and die fighting with some dignitity stil intact.