Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mislabeling the news, CNN: "Militants' rockets pound southern Israel"

How about calling it what it is?

"Jihadi, Islamic, Arab, Palestinian Terrorists bombard Israeli civilians with rockets hitting grocery supermarket, injuring several."

No? Of course not, it's CNN. It's militants (unaffiliated with a religion or ideology, might not even be Arab) pounding Israel the faceless entity. Not human beings in their homes.

Militants' rockets pound southern Israel
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Palestinian militants Wednesday fired a salvo of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel, with one landing in the parking lot of a supermarket in Sderot, the Israeli military said.

Two Israelis sustained minor injuries in that strike and were treated at a hospital, Israeli medical services said. There were no serious injuries. Sderot is a frequent target of rocket strikes because of its proximity to Hamas-controlled Gaza.

That rocket attack was one of 15 on Israel on Wednesday.

In response, the Israeli military carried out an airstrike in northern Gaza on a rocket-launching site that was about to fire more missiles, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Palestinian hospital sources said two Islamic Jihad militants were wounded in an airstrike in Gaza City.

This story is filled with "military sources say", because CNN doesn't bother sending reporters to cover Israeli Jewish civilian casualties. CNN's major focus is on those poor derelict Gazans. If Israel or Israelis were to bombard Arab neighborhoods you'd see a different type of reporting.

Other than that - the actual reportage here is not so biased. An improvement?

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