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Krauthammer: Media is to Blame for Ignorance in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Krauthammer: Media is to Blame for Ignorance in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

“They don’t know the story.”

Charles Krauthammer appeared on the Sean Hannity show Thursday night to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and laid blame for ignorance of the facts at the media’s feet.

While anti-Israel protesters in Boston are chanting “Jews back to Birkenau” and similar protesters in France are chanting “Gas the Jews” members of the American media are seemingly incapable of reporting the issues with any understanding of history.

The Washington Free Beacon reported:

Krauthammer: ‘Rank Ignorance’ Pervasive in Media Covering Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Columnist Charles Krauthammer condemned what he called “rank ignorance” among U.S. media outlets that have harshly covered Israel as the Jewish state has battled the terrorist group Hamas this month.

On Thursday night’s Hannity, host Sean Hannity said he was dumbstruck by how people were treating the conflict, given Israel’s status as the Middle East’s lone true democracy, as well as that Hamas started the conflict, disregards Israel’s right to exist and fires rockets at civilians.

Yet media coverage has consistently focused on the deaths of Palestinian civilians during Operation Protective Edge, with many outlets ignoring the fact that Hamas has used hospitals and schools as weapons depots and employs civilians as human shields in order to garner positive press coverage when they’re killed or injured.

Here’s the video:


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The distinguished Charles Krauthammer was being extremely gracious in using the term ‘Rank Ignorance’in referring to the U.S. media. Other terms could have been used.

They’re not ignorant.


They know damn well what the truth is. They don’t care – they want to paint Israel as the bad guy, so that’s what they do. They intentionally lie or cover up for Palestine’s MANY war crimes, while pretending Israel is the next Nazi Germany.

If a Hamas unit used a hospital as a base to fire rockets (a war crime) and Israel blew it up (self-defense), the only thing that gets reported is ‘Israel blew up a hospital’.

The media coverage of this sickens me.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Olinser. | July 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

    The Obama administration, UN and Media are Islam apologists and promulgators aka propagandists. They are also abortion and homo/bi/trans, etc. sexuality promoters.

    Everything they promote is destructive to human life and society.

    Media is Soros propaganda tool.

    Valerie in reply to Olinser. | July 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    The Israeli response to Hezbollah’s practice of drawing fire toward a UN post was called “tactical necessity” by the Canadian who was ultimately killed that way.

    The Geneva Conventions call this a war crime. Islam calls it hirabah or “unholy war.” This is the deliberate method chosen by the Islamists. The Islamists admit that they intense to commit soul-destroying sin, see the introduction to the Hamas Covenant. That they claim to do so “in the path of Allah” is what the Catholic Church calls “blasphemy,” which is insult to God.

    Human law and religious law are substantially the same on the behavior of Hamas.

      Radegunda in reply to Valerie. | July 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      They’re following the example of Muhammad. Islamic history is chock-a-block full of people doing horrendous things to other humans “in the path of Allah,” and then boasting about it. As long as it spreads Islamic dominance, it’s good.

      The Catholic concept of blasphemy is completely irrelevant to Muslims. The value systems are poles apart.

      A “moderate” Muslim once called the police on a friend of mine. To me, he sputtered in rage that my friend had said something he considered “Blasphemy!!” I pointed out that there are no blasphemy laws in the U.S. When the cop arrived, the Muslim blatantly lied and said my friend had threatened him with violence.

      Such behavior is typical of Muslims around the world. That “moderate” Muslim wanted to hurt an innocent person just to force submission to Islamic rules.

      Radegunda in reply to Valerie. | July 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      In Islamic law, killing your own children or grandchildren is not treated as murder. In Islamic law, a Muslim killing a non-Muslim is not considered nearly as bad as anyone killing a Muslim.

      In Islamic law, if you were born to Muslim parents but do not subscribe to Islamic doctrine, you deserve to be killed.

      In Islamic law, if you “insult” the “Prophet,” that’s blasphemy and you deserve to be killed.

      Those laws are not remotely humane, but they are core Islamic values.

PersonFromPorlock | July 26, 2014 at 9:20 am

A mere drop in an ocean of media ignorance. Can anyone suggest anything the news media have competent knowledge of?

This is why I call them The Enemy Press. They are truly fighting against humanity.

Liberalism does that to you.

    Valerie in reply to Mannie. | July 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This is not Liberalism. They tried to get away with calling themselves Liberals until they ruined the reputation of Liberals. Then they switched to Progressive. That’s even funnier, because they have noting but old, discredited ideas from the dustbin of history. They are fascists and communists that do not want to be clearly identified.

Is it still called “ignorance” if you are purposefully blinded by your hatred of Jews. The MSM, like most of the Left, has chosen sides and turned it’s back on Israel and the American Jews despite their overwhelming past support of all things Democrat. The odd thing to me is that the Left has instead chosen to support Radical Islam , the very people who would be the first in line to execute the libertines and homosexuals who make up a good part of the leadership of the Left today.

Uncle Samuel | July 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

Hamas uses cease-fire to execute 25 Palestinians suspected of cooperating with Israel:

Midwest Rhino | July 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

It helps to know history … which I don’t know well enough. Now I have to go back and figure out why western civ’ Europe would have such a deep hate of the Jews.

I would at first guess, maybe in the era of kings and emperors, the Jews did not seem loyal to their kingdoms so much as loyal to their own church. The pope was busy torturing Lutherans, or Luther was not so kind to some “apostates” either. But the kings/monarchs seemed more loyal to the Christians, so is that what drove the antisemitism?

I tend to look at our western culture as largely Judeo-Christian, but it seems this is a rather unique American label. We chose “liberty” above “equality”. This article is a start …

While the Western world has consisted of many Christian countries and consists today of many secular countries, only America has called itself Judeo-Christian. …

Thomas Jefferson wanted the design of the seal of the United States to depict the Jews leaving Egypt. Just as the Hebrews left Egypt and its values, Americans left Europe and its values

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Midwest Rhino. | July 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Face it, man’s inhumanity to man has included anti-Semitism throughout history. The Philistines and other groups who do not follow God’s law and commandments are always antagonistic to the Jews. The Romans, including pro-Christian Constantine as well as Luther were anti-semites to a large extent. Even after WWII, in Poland and Croatia, there were priests forcing the Jews to convert at the threat of death.

    Nixon was one president who recognized the value of the Torah, Judaism and gave aid to Israel. Earlier presidents and European leaders did not hold the global community accountable to its promises to create a Jewish homeland. Politics, pressure and indifference have put Israel in jeopardy and left it vulnerable and isolated at times.
    Only recently have Evangelical Christians honored and celebrated Jewish roots, traditions, music and the value of the nation of Israel.

    Anyone with one eye and half sense (to quote my forebears) can see the works of Islam and reject this barbaric system that produces oppression, injustice, misogyny, hate, violence, racism, war and barbaric atrocities.

      Radegunda in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Some dissident groups in the early Protestant era also placed a high value on the Jewish roots of Christianity. After all, if “reformation” meant returning to the Bible, it couldn’t be denied that the Hebrew part of it was quite large.

      These groups, with a substantial emphasis on following religious law, were strongly opposed by the “faith alone” strain of Protestantism. Luther was ferociously hostile to Jews, and he used the term “Judaizers” for people he considered too concerned with rules and “works.”

        Midwest Rhino in reply to Radegunda. | July 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        Thanks Radegunda

        Those six minute teachings from Prager Institute are very helpful, and a few could be done in this arena. Thirty years ago I spent some time learning to read Hebrew … just the letters mostly, so I could look up words from the interlinear. A little grammar and syntax as well, since there are differences.

        While I don’t hold the old testament or new as perfect (no, the flood did not cover the highest mountains 5000 years ago), the OT gives us the best concepts of the roots of our western civilization. Americans would be well served to understand why Jefferson related America leaving Europe to the Hebrews leaving Egypt.

        The secularists in America seem willing to mold their own golden calf, worshiping the political correctness and cult of personality of Obama for now, or any the media/Hollywood acolytes choose to idolize. Europe is so dreamy to the socialists, as they live under the umbrella of US protection. Leaders in the eastern former communist block (e.g. Walesa in Poland, Klaus in the Czech Republic) wonder, what the hell are we thinking. Those that escaped the gulags or dealt with Chavez, are even more pointed about America’s surrender to the “fascists”.

        So for the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Jews and Christians are Democrat social justice types. But as with golden calves or dancing with the stars, humans are pretty fickle. But a little honest history exposes a lot of lies.

    Valerie in reply to Midwest Rhino. | July 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Follow the money. Jews were outsiders who moved into Europe as merchants. They made money and purchased land. When the local rulers needed money and did not want to get it through legitimate loans, they stripped it from Jews on a religious pretext.

    Something similar happened during the Salem Witch trials.

    “Religion is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” – George Orwell

Unless the universities have become strongholds of Holocaust denial since the last time I checked, it’s hard to see any kind of pro-Palestinian slant as being formed out of an ignorance of the broader history involved. They just tune it out from whatever they learned in critical studies or what not, I suppose?

    Radegunda in reply to JBourque. | July 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    There’s probably a combination of actual ignorance and deliberate tuning-out. People often remain ignorant of important facts when they’re not motivated to learn about them. People often select sources of information according to whether the source is known to share their ideology or preconceptions. They’ll discount something as non-factual because they’ve chosen to classify the source as a habitual purveyor of falsehoods. E.g. “That person is pro-Israel, so you can’t believe anything he says.” Or, “Where’d you hear that rubbish? On Fox News? Ha ha ha!”

    Radegunda in reply to JBourque. | July 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Holocaust denial is gaining strength in universities as the Muslim presence increases. What’s probably more common is presenting the Holocaust as a typical product of white Christian conservative nationalism, with absolutely no connection whatsoever to Islamic attitudes toward Jews; or if there was any connection (according to one theory), it was that European nationalists taught Muslims to hate Jews.

    I heard the author of a book on that theme a few years ago sounding positively gleeful when he asserted his view that Muslims got their nasty attitudes from Europeans. (i.e. Muslims could not possibly be hateful on their own initiative, but Europeans can.)

    In academia today, the Holocaust seems to be mainly an instrument for bashing white conservative Christian patriotism, and a justification for protecting and favoring whoever is opposed to white conservative Christian patriotism. That means Muslims first of all (along with the ethnic chauvinists and criminal elements invading the U.S. from south of the border).