Video: Diane Sawyer misrepresents photo of Gazans in aftermath of Israeli bombing as Israeli victims of Palestinian missiles (Updated)

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I’d be hard pressed to remember a media fail as large as this. Watch the beginning of the video above. ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer begins a segment on the Israeli attack on Gaza by showing two photos of Palestinians in the aftermath of Israeli bombing but says the first picture is of Israelis who have been bombed. Wow.

Here’s the transcript:

Overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today. As Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.

All part of a tinder box Israelis and Palestinians and here an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can. One woman standing speechless among the ruins.

It’s unclear to me whether she’s saying both photos are of Israelis, but my guess is that she was attempting to show losses on both sides. Oops.

She says the first photo is an “Israeli family trying to salvage what they can” when in reality the photo is from Gaza City:

Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images)

Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images)

(h/t Yousef Munayyer)

Update:

ABC World News issued an apology for the error:


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111 Responses

  1. Boomer
    July 9, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Wow.

  2. bilal a
    July 9, 2014, 6:05 pm

    If the networks and NYT/WaPO are the first drafts of history,what do we actually know about past events? abot the good, the bad, and the ugly?

  3. Tobias
    July 9, 2014, 6:23 pm

    Mistakes of this sort – mislabeling and the like happen in a newsroom – but way too often in US ones, when it comes to Israel and how Palestinians are depicted. I’d say it’s probably in direct proportion to the amount of ziocaine the producers and staff imbibe.

  4. Citizen
    July 9, 2014, 6:37 pm

    She’s just another willing hasbara tool the American media is packed with. Not only the obviously mislabeled pics but framing the crisis by saying it’s “in part” due to the kidnapping of the 3 murdered Israeli teens and revenge killing of a palestine teen. I bet she does not know of the video showing the two Palestinian teens being shot by IDF on the streets, just for walking with school backpacks. Last Nakba remembrance day is too far back for this “cycle of violence”? Always interesting where, when, by whom the latest cycle “started it.”

    • Robert Brooks
      July 10, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Citizen…You are so right! The beginning point of analysis is critical…and, alas, seemingly arbitrary when it comes to this issue.

  5. atime forpeace
    July 9, 2014, 6:56 pm

    A moment of great pride for the American free press.

    Nice Suit your Highness.

    Naturally, the King not wanting to appear a fool, said,

    “Isn’t it grand! Isn’t it fine! Look at the cut, the style, the line!
    The suit of clothes is all together
    But all together it’s all together
    The most remarkable suit of clothes that I have ever seen.
    These eyes of mine at once determined
    The sleeves are velvet, the cape is ermine
    The hose are blue and the doublet is a lovely shade of green.
    Somebody send for the Queen.”

  6. Mooser
    July 9, 2014, 7:33 pm

    And by implication, that ‘Israeli’ family is standing in the midst of the damage caused by Palestinian rockets. Gosh aren’t those rockets devastating! Look what they do to acres of ground.

    Can anybody remember or show a picture or video of damage caused by Palestinian-launched rockets that’s even remotely similar to that? How could anyone make that mistake?

    • Eva Smagacz
      July 9, 2014, 7:52 pm

      I will be persuaded that it was a mistake if there will be an apology and correction.

      • Tzombo
        July 10, 2014, 8:26 am

        I don’t even care. If this was a mistake, they are obviously too stupid to take seriously any further. If this was on purpose, all the more reason to ignore ABC ‘news’.

      • Robert Brooks
        July 10, 2014, 2:52 pm

        Eva…Don’t hold your breath. Anyway, she ius on her way out…to the trashbin of media.

    • Chu
      July 10, 2014, 11:38 am

      Yeah. Where is the evidence that the new sturdier rockets have landed anywhere near Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem?

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:18 pm

        Would even the “new sturdier rockets” have done what I see in that picture? Looks like entire blocks pounded into rubble.

      • Bumblebye
        July 10, 2014, 7:15 pm

        Well, looks like the rocket in the second pic in this article is in an absolute wasteland!
        link to bbc.co.uk

        rilly, rilly baaad! Those poooor Israelis!

      • Chu
        July 11, 2014, 11:26 am

        Hell no. Looks like the dahiya doctrine at work, flattening city blocks.

  7. amigo
    July 9, 2014, 7:52 pm

    That Israeli woman is dressed to fit into the neighbourhood.

  8. eHossner
    July 9, 2014, 8:08 pm

    I’ve tried to post a comment on their site pointing out the error with a link to this page. After an hour and a half, I still get “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by ABC News”. Meanwhile virtually every approved post is some variation of ‘exterminate the Palestinian animals’.

    You can try here:
    link to abcnews.go.com

  9. lonely rico
    July 9, 2014, 8:12 pm


    rockets raining down on Israel today … All part of a tinder box …

    Sawyer fails to mention the death and destruction visited on the Israelis. -
    What ? No death ? No injuries ? No houses demolished, perhaps damaged just a bit ?
    But look – Israelis, running in terror to their shelters, terrified and running . . .

    Palestinians ? Uh, 40 (+/-) dead; hundreds (thousands ?) injured; hundreds KIDNAPPED, beaten and tortured.

    Only anger and fear remain

    I fear for the Palestinians, and they fear for their children and their lives.

    I am overwhelmed by anger, and weep.

    • Kay24
      July 9, 2014, 8:34 pm

      I feel that they deliberately omit the part where Israel is pounding overpopulated civilian areas, and the helpless civilians with no place to run to. Yeah, it is all about those rockets. The rockets that has still not killed an Israeli yet, although the Israeli jet fighters have taken many and wounded over a hundred.
      We are supposed to think this is a one sided war, waged by the side that are exposed like sitting ducks, and no deadly US and Israeli made weapons to “defend” themselves.

    • just
      July 9, 2014, 9:12 pm

      I weep as well. I wish that nobody dies while I weep.

      ISRAEL did this — it’s all planned and orchestrated by them, and condoned by US.

      • seafoid
        July 10, 2014, 1:54 am

        That is life for non Jews under Zionism. You do what you’re told , otherwise you get hurt. Gaza is the fourth stage of Palestinian hell. Exile is stage 5.

      • traintosiberia
        July 10, 2014, 7:58 am

        How does Diane Swayer go to bed ? How does she manage to hold her grand kids tight to her chest and kiss them goodbye ? Does she worry that some one will destroy the homes and kill the dog and burn everything down while she is away ?
        Its not a rhetorical question. This is question Americans asked to answer after some ” Sandy Hook” or Virginia Tech” shootings . Americans are asked to ponder when a 13 yrs old in some distant lands get raped and burnt or stoned to death Americans are asked to look into the atrocious nature of Taliban for attack on 18 yr old Malayla and Americans are asked to join in commemorating the name of Delhi rape victim by John Kerry.
        Americans have had the angry impotent sanitized experiences of the pain of the frightened children of Israel from scud missile of Saddam – thanks to Israel providing the context,reason,and even the emotional responses to Anericans.
        Diane Swayer must have to compartmentalize every facet of what is called human existence ,having different space , for different context . It is difficult to blame her . It has long been incorporated in her consciousness that laws,prosecutors,and judges differ 180 degree depending on the location of the crime and the language of the criminals. That is in the job description.

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 3:20 am

        just, number of dead up to 76. Most of Gaza’s police stations have been destroyed. Egypt has just opened Rafah to allow transfer of the injured to Egypt and medical supplies into Gaza.

      • Sumud
        July 10, 2014, 4:22 am

        Again with the police stations.

        Remember in 2008 the IDF’s opening salvo was to attack a police graduation ceremony?

        Police Station on Graduation Day Attacked Dec 27 2008

        link to i.dailymail.co.uk

        Then over the next few days they flattened as many police stations in Gaza as they could and killed about 250 policemen.

        Sick bastards.

      • Chu
        July 10, 2014, 11:48 am

        Don’t forget the solitary bread mill they destroyed in Gaza in ’08. Goldstone’s fact finding report detailed this punitive recklessness of the Israel and then he wimped out as shamed him into recanting his report.
        I wonder what he’s thinking now?

      • Chu
        July 10, 2014, 11:43 am

        The Gaza prison camp is about 4 miles wide by 25 miles long. Israel’s terrorizes 1.7 millions Gazans with their aerial bombing because of the 3 teens that were found dead? This is another act of bravado to make the cultists feel special and focus their anger at Hamas, while the world shuns Israel and its irrational vengeance.

  10. just
    July 9, 2014, 9:02 pm

    Shame on ABC “news”. Spewing and spinning Hasbara while Palestinians DIE.

  11. Citizen
    July 9, 2014, 10:19 pm

    Joel Reinstein @JoelReinstein · 37m
    “Rockets raining down on Israel.” That’s Gaza in the upper-righthand corner. #ApologizeABC @ABC pic.twitter.com/PCnK4AkKIV

    I wonder who puts together these video & pic compilations for these news bits by the likes of Diane Sawyer

  12. traintosiberia
    July 9, 2014, 11:10 pm

    Freudian slip of tongue reveals the deep belief and attitude . Yes per ABC everybody is suffering but the documents show the destruction of lives,properties,and neighborhood are limited to Palestine. Video snippet is not contradicting this one sided nature of the destruction.
    Again as in this new old war ,for every ‘” inflammatory rhetoric” from Palestinr,there is 10 bomb carrying missile and few F 16 from Israel.

    Despite attempts to show some semblance of evenhanded ness in providing information in ” peace time” ,the deep seated love for Israel and hate for Palestinian always exert most effective influences in times of conflict and support to Israel silence the truth from being spoken by the media. Israel comes to enjoy the fruit of the repeated lies and conditioning of the American amnestic mind – it is the Arab it is the lack of a Ghandhi, no Mandela , mo partner for peace. Israel has no choice again but to keep it citizen safe from broader Middle East violence spilling over onside its borders.

    • Walid
      July 10, 2014, 3:17 am

      traintosiberia, Israel is not the only one rooting for Hamas to disintegrate, which of course implies acceptance of what Israel is doing.

  13. traintosiberia
    July 9, 2014, 11:14 pm

    Unfortunate reality as exposed here by Raimondo


    Who Started ‘the Cycle of Violence’ in Palestine?
    And who keeps it going?

    by Justin Raimondo, July 09, 2014″ http://www.antiwar.com

  14. talknic
    July 10, 2014, 12:07 am

    “Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City” Uh? The kind of weasel words used by Hasbara peddlers.

    Try ‘Palestinians collect their belongings from destroyed houses in Gaza City’

  15. Walid
    July 10, 2014, 12:34 am

    Number of dead up to 73 and the injured to 520, in Gaza of course, just in case those Diane Sawyer watchers think it’s the other way around. One of the targets was a seaside café where people were watching the Mondial; 9 people dead. Another was a house where a woman and her 6 children were all killed. Israelis reduced to popping people on scooters or moving cars. Must make Mahane exceedingly proud of what Israel is doing.

    • Walid
      July 10, 2014, 1:13 am

      Egypt announced it will be opening Rafah crossing to the injured that cannot be treated in Gaza hospitals at 9:00 am local time.

      Israel back to its old habit of targeting ambulances. Last night it bombed the civil defense station and for some unnatural reason, it has been bombing agricultural growing fields.

      • seafoid
        July 10, 2014, 2:00 am

        link to haaretz.com

        “It is untenable,” he said, “to have a situation in which that soldier in Hebron gets punched by a Palestinian policemen and the Palestinian policeman remains alive after that.”

        That’s Zionism in a nutshell.

        It is untenable for Hamas to control the gas off the coast of Gaza
        link to theguardian.com

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 2:53 am

        The gas has been at the root of the siege of Gaza. The article gave a very wide berth to the deal Abbas signed with Israel about Gaza’s gas just before Cast Lead. One has to wonder what was really behind the recent agreement between Fateh and Hamas. The only noise being heard from Abbas throughout this ordeal is that he’s calling on the UNSC to stop Israel’s assault, which is absurd in light of the US automatic veto. After the Palestine Papers, you can expect just about anything.

      • seafoid
        July 10, 2014, 3:06 am

        They have to destroy anything that has the possibility to change the rules of the game. They did it with Nasser, they did it to the PLO in 82, they tried it with Hezbollah and they have been doing their damnedest with Hamas.
        Zionism is a Manichean ideology.
        link to haaretz.com

        No Palestinian has the right to defend herself in Erez Israel Hashlemah. No weapons permitted. Only Jews can have weapons.

        And then they talk to themselves about how civilized they are

        “Many Palestinian children are being killed. Almost no Israeli children are being killed. Why? Because we take care of our children.” -President Shimon Peres

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 3:35 am

        Everything the man says is nauseating. Erdogan was right in telling him that Israelis are child-killers.

        Settler house in Netivot between Gaza and Beersheba took a direct hit from a rocket.

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 3:35 am

        Egypt has for the first time stabbed Gaza in the back.

        Even the Arab world has not gotten too excited about Israel’s offensive in Gaza, an Israeli diplomatic official said. “Egypt has given up on Hamas, they don’t care if we clobber them.” The Foreign Ministry in Cairo has condemned Operation Protective Edge but so far not gotten involved in efforts to reach a ceasefire.
        link to timesofisrael.com

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 4:19 am

        It’s been doing it since 1948, Shingo; its 19-year occupation of Gaza was the pits. Israel’s siege is successful inasmuch as Egypt keeps the Gazans pinned down from its side. Egypt associates Hamas with the Brothers and so do the Saudis and the Jordanians and most Gulf countries that are allergic to the Brothers. The only ones to give them a shoulder to lean on have been the pro-Brothers Qataris. Yesterday Hamas Big Boss, Khaled Mashaal, from the comfort of his Doha 5-star hotel suite graciously provided for him by Qatar spent 20 minutes on TV giving a pep talk to the people of Gaza. The part the article got right was that all the Arab countries are busy with problems of their own either with ISIS or with the Mondial matches. There has been pro-Gaza demonstrations in New York and Paris and even in Israel proper and on the WB, but no demonstrations in any of the Arab cities.

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 5:30 am

        It’s been doing it since 1948, Shingo; its 19-year occupation of Gaza was the pits. Israel’s siege is successful inasmuch as Egypt keeps the Gazans pinned down from its side.

        Egypt gets paid handsomely by Washington to do so. The Gaza wall was paid for by Washington and built by Lockheed.

        I do take your point that Egypt has been pathetic in terms of supporting Gaza, but financially, it has been a basket case and beggar nation for at least half a century.

        With regards to Hamas, even Mubarak was massively more accommodating than El Sisi. In terms of betrayal, he’s taken things to a whole new level.

        There has been pro-Gaza demonstrations in New York and Paris and even in Israel proper and on the WB, but no demonstrations in any of the Arab cities.

        Yes, the Arab spring has really tanked. I know their countries are in disarray (just like Israel likes it), but as I said a few weeks ago, the Arabs are their own worst enemy. It’s as if they are going out of their way to confirm the racist stereotypes about them that we hear from Israel’s supporters and the right wing.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 10, 2014, 4:27 am

        shingo, i’m in lebanon right now and the news here just reported egypt is opening the rafah border for the wounded. also, last night the non stop news is gaza and there were pundits from all over the ME very engaged. all the news stations here seem very engaged.

        Even the Arab world has not gotten too excited about Israel’s offensive

        i’m not sure the times of israel is the best source of the sentiments of ‘the arab world.’

        i also heard abbas (or palestinians) are meeting in damascus to finalize plans for joining the ICC.

      • Sumud
        July 10, 2014, 4:44 am

        That’s good news about the ICC Annie – finally!

        Israel is evidently determined to give them lots of material for prosecutions, with these latest round of terrorist attacks on the besieged people of Gaza.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 10, 2014, 5:04 am

        yeah, it’s like dominoes. the whole 9 month ‘peace process’, the timing, designed to delay these palestinian plans. and the utter horror from israel when the unity gov formed, specifically to unite them which is a pre cursor to approaching international courts.

        and the hugely noticeable (to me) drumbeat of demand for abbas to dump unity gov ..that did not even skip one beat when repots of the 3 jewish teen kidnapping (think about that) the discourse coming right from netanyahus own lips not changing one bit. just outrage over the fatah/hamas deal and trying to break it up. and now this, palestinans are just marching in lockstep now. it’s a beautiful thing.

        in the midst of so much violent pain and destruction, to see this steadfastness and unity approaching the international community. it’s really their time, go palestine.

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 5:41 am

        just outrage over the fatah/hamas deal and trying to break it up. and now this, palestinans are just marching in lockstep now. it’s a beautiful thing.

        I just hope that Netenyahu does not success in breaking the unity agreement. That’s what Israel really fears – seeing the Arabs putting an end to infighting and unifying and working together.

      • seafoid
        July 10, 2014, 5:27 am

        “yeah, it’s like dominoes. the whole 9 month ‘peace process’, the timing, designed to delay these palestinian plans. and the utter horror from israel when the unity gov formed, specifically to unite them which is a pre cursor to approaching international courts.”

        Exactly . But Israel has no plan B. It’s violence until the Palestinians understand. And that boat has sailed.

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 5:34 am

        last night the non stop news is gaza and there were pundits from all over the ME very engaged. all the news stations here seem very engaged.

        Thanks for the insight Annie.

        I was referring specifically to Egypt. What do you mean by “very engaged”? Are we talking practically doing something or the usual do nothing hang wringing?

        I agree that Israel is the best source of the sentiments of ‘the arab world’, but El Sis has been twisting the knife into the Palestinians since the coup.

        i also heard abbas (or palestinians) are meeting in demascus to finalize plans for joining the ICC

        Great to hear. Only about 24 months too late, but better late than never.

      • RoHa
        July 10, 2014, 5:38 am

        “Even the Arab world has not gotten too excited about Israel’s offensive

        i’m not sure the times of israel is the best source of the sentiments of ‘the arab world.’”

        Though I wouldn’t be too surprised if the sentiments were a sort of world-weary “Here we go again.”

      • just
        July 10, 2014, 7:44 am

        Lebanon…beautiful place, beautiful people.

        Hope you have a grand time. A meet- up with Taxi would be on my agenda, were I so lucky.

      • Kay24
        July 10, 2014, 7:57 am

        I do hope Abbas will make that bold move and join the ICC asap. I think it is way overdue. I think the world community should not stop being indifferent and save the lives of the Palestinians, by holding their brutal occupier accountable, or supporting full statehood and rights for the Palestinian.
        Abbas should face reality – Israel does not care a stolen olive tree for peace.
        I think by now most American can see through their game, but keep pretending to buy their narrative, especially the US media. The constant victim card being played, while viciously killing unarmed civilians.
        Glad to hear you are in Lebanon Annie, you can give us first hand information from that part of the world, and a true picture of how they feel having their neighbor being pounded, decimated, and killed, by the butchers of Tel Aviv, armed by our tax money.
        Have a safe trip.

    • eljay
      July 10, 2014, 10:50 am

      >> Walid: Number of dead up to 73 and the injured to 520, in Gaza … One of the targets was a seaside café where people were watching the Mondial; 9 people dead. Another was a house where a woman and her 6 children were all killed. … Must make Mahane exceedingly proud of what Israel is doing.

      The Potato-man – a proud Zio-supremacist – loves it when his government and his army do all efforts. It makes him a proud Israeli.

      And mondonut seems to think that “context” in the Geneva Conventions prohibits Palestinians from bombing pizza parlours in Israel, but grants to Israel the right to bomb hospitals, residential apartment buildings, seaside cafés and family homes in Gaza. I think he needs to change his name to mondocompletelyf*ckinginsane.

  16. Shingo
    July 10, 2014, 4:12 am

    Where’s Dabakar? Yesterday he wanted to hear comments about Tweets showing images from Iraq and Syria which claimed to be from Gaza.

    Now we have images from Gaza which claimed to be in Israel and Dabarak is nowhere to be seen.

    • Walid
      July 10, 2014, 7:03 am

      “Where’s Dabakar? Yesterday he wanted to hear comments about Tweets showing images from Iraq and Syria which claimed to be from Gaza.”

      Probably all perplexed how the not-so-coward 3 million Israelis are shaking in their pants in their shelters at the sounds of sirens while the Palestinians that are getting the hell bombed out of them are sitting in roadsides cafés watching Mondial semi-finals. Probably no internet in the shelters.

      • Kay24
        July 10, 2014, 8:00 am

        Today I heard that Israel had killed 5 of those poor people, while watching soccer at a roadside cafe. The wicked IDF spares no one.

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:38 pm

        “Where’s Dabakar?”

        Oh, he’s over at the David Sheen thread, claiming that Arab “adolescents” women are tweeting salacious, cheesecakey (Mmmmm, cheesecake!) photos of themselves with “Death to Israel” or similar on them.
        See, some Zionists seem to be doing that, so of course, Arabs must be doing it worse!”

  17. Walid
    July 10, 2014, 4:56 am

    “It’s unclear to me whether she’s saying both photos are of Israelis, but my guess is that she was attempting to show losses on both sides. Oops.” (Adam)

    I watched the ABC videos as well as 3 or 4 other videos within it and all of them were sympathetic to the plight of the Gazans and showing what Israel is doing, such as destroying the chicken farm, in a very bad light.

    Coupled with Adam’s above “oops” comment, I think people here are being overly harsh on Diane Sawyer. It’s made obvious by the second woman in the Palestinian hijab that was evidently an error between Sawyer and the technician working the videos. I have never heard her disparage Palestinians or their cause. She will be stepping down from her job on Sept 2 and replaced by Muir and Stephanopolous. Here’s Sawyer’s blooper:

    • seafoid
      July 10, 2014, 5:23 am

      You have to understand the rules, Walid

      link to haaretz.com
      “Both morality and the rule of law demand equal treatment of all murders. They also demand an acknowledgment of the difference between the deliberate murder of innocent civilians and the legitimate military actions of a government seeking to protect its citizens, even when those military actions cause unavoidable civilian casualties among the human shields widely employed by Israel’s enemies.

      link to haaretz.com

      ‘Eight noncombatants, all members of the Kaware family, were killed Tuesday in an Israel Air Force strike on their home in the Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis. According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Israel Defense Forces, the results of which were released on Wednesday, the family returned prematurely to the home after being warned by the IDF that it would be targeted. The Israel Air Force said the deaths were not intentional.

      As long as you say the deaths were not intentional or self defence, it’s kosher.
      And the Gazans jus don’t understand that so they’ll be bombed until they do.

      • RoHa
        July 10, 2014, 5:35 am

        ” The Israel Air Force said the deaths were not intentional. ”

        Well, yes, we did plaster the house with enough exploitive to reduce it to rubble, but that was all we were going to do. We certainly didn’t intend to kill anyone. That was completely unforeseen. Who would have thought that a bombing raid could kill anyone?

      • RoHa
        July 10, 2014, 7:15 am

        Explosive.

        (iPad “corrections” again.)

      • Stephen Shenfield
        July 11, 2014, 6:08 am

        RoHa: You are using “intentional” in the broad sense: a result of an action is unintentional only if it was unforeseen. The IAF is using the word in a narrow sense: a result is intentional only if it is the purpose of the action. In that case it can be foreseen but unintentional. Unfortunately, the Geneva Conventions require only that the civilian casualties of a military action be unintentional in the narrow sense. “Collateral damage” is acceptable even if foreseen. Use of the broad sense would make war practically infeasible, and no government wants that (perhaps with the exception of Costa Rica).

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 5:46 am

        You have to understand the rules, Walid

        Dershbag’s piece is a train wreck.

        Gili Cohen’s piece is laughable. Seeing as Hamas rockets have no guidance systems, they could easily argue that harm or damage caused by their rockets are not intentional either.

      • seafoid
        July 10, 2014, 6:03 am

        The Nazis could have justified the Holocaust if the Dersh had been a senior advisor. All you have to do is declare a group an enemy and off you go.
        I think the people they hanged post Nurnberg should have been more smart and emulated Peres. You can advocate mass murder successfully as long as you talk about peace every so often and smile.

    • tree
      July 10, 2014, 5:28 am

      It’s made obvious by the second woman in the Palestinian hijab that was evidently an error between Sawyer and the technician working the videos.

      Nope, can’t be an error between Sawyer and the video playback. Those videos are put together in advance. Its not as if they had an alternate tape of an Israeli family “salvaging what they can. One woman standing speechless in the ruins,” and the videotape operator ran the Palestinian one instead by mistake.

      Nope, its either Sawyer misspeaking on her own or the copy writer making an egregious error. And on top of that error, she led the story off with “Overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today. As Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.”(Which was likewise over a shot of Gaza being bombed, not rockets over Israel.) No mention of Israel bombing the bejesus out of Gaza in her opening remarks. Besides, a tinderbox is something with the imminent potential to erupt into violence. Its already well past the tinderbox stage for the Palestinians in Gaza.

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 6:06 am

        “Nope, its either Sawyer misspeaking on her own or the copy writer making an egregious error”

        Either way, tree, it seems to be an error and not a deliberate act.

      • Sumud
        July 10, 2014, 6:49 am

        I agree it was an error, which just speaks to the gross incompetence of Sawyer and her team.

        She’s a frigging journalist and she should know by now that when you see footage of massive destruction in I/P the perpetrator is ALWAYS Israeli, Palestinians do not have those kind of weapons.

        Is she so dense she can’t work out the meaning of a dozens-to-zero kill ratio?

      • Citizen
        July 10, 2014, 7:31 am

        @ Sumund
        At the moment the stats on deaths are: Palestinians 80. Israelis 0.

      • tree
        July 10, 2014, 7:06 am

        Either way, tree, it seems to be an error and not a deliberate act.

        But the framing in the copy was all about rockets over Israel and Israel shooting them down. That framing of her opening statement was not an “error”, it was intentionally without reference to Israeli missile strikes on Gaza. I don’t know if Sawyer writes her own copy or not, and I’m not accusing her of intentional bias, just the garden variety bias towards the Israeli perspective that exists among many in the MSM.

    • Shingo
      July 10, 2014, 5:39 am

      I watched the ABC videos as well as 3 or 4 other videos within it and all of them were sympathetic to the plight of the Gazans and showing what Israel is doing, such as destroying the chicken farm, in a very bad light.

      Indeed Walid, there is a very real sea change. I was listening to Max Blumenthal being interviewed by Scott Horton and they were mentioning that even the US media is seeing through the crap. Apparently one interviewer took Regev to task over the bashing of Tarek Abu Khdeir. When Regev tried to pass it off as an aberration, the interviewer rebuffed him by saying that the Palestinians claim this crap happens all the time and that it’s not unique.
      link to scotthorton.org

      Regev then went on to repeat the same BS mantra they used during Cast Lead, insisting that this time they are determined to to the rockets once and for all. But wherever I look, the comments sections are no longer buying it. Even over at the Washington Post, the comments are very critical of Israel.
      link to washingtonpost.com

  18. seafoid
    July 10, 2014, 6:06 am

    link to theguardian.com

    “There are also claims that a missile was fired at a cafe in Khan Younis late on Wednesday night, where dozens were gathered to watch the World Cup game between Argentina and Holland – with six dead and 15 injured, according to AFP.”

  19. Sumud
    July 10, 2014, 6:42 am

    ABC News have acknowledged the error on their FB page and say they will “correct it”, presumably on-air. Hopefully.

    link to on.fb.me

    They can also update their reporting to Dead in Gaza: 80, Dead in Israel: 0.

    • tree
      July 10, 2014, 7:13 am

      Dead in Gaza: 80, Dead in Israel: 0.

      But seven Israelis were slightly injured running to shelters! Magen David Adom (Jewish Red Cross equivalent) is keeping such statistics and updating them daily as the scraped knees continue to pile up. I kid you not.

      link to twitter.com

      • Sumud
        July 10, 2014, 7:27 am

        Magen David Adom (Jewish Red Cross equivalent) is keeping such statistics and updating them daily as the scraped knees continue to pile up. I kid you not.

        Isn’t it wonderful how LOVING and CARING and ALL TOGETHER NOW those Israelis are? A few scraped knees is a Jewish National Tragedy but slaughtering four-score Palestinians, meh!

        Where is the footage of the jubilant Israelis on a hill watching Palestinians in Gaza be murdered that we saw so much of in 2008/9?

        The screaming mobs wanted “Death to Arabs” and the IDF are answering their call, the least the ziobots can do to show their gratitude is turn up to celebrate.

      • seafoid
        July 10, 2014, 8:32 am

        We need a Yediot and Israel Hayom watch to cover what Israel’s favourite tabloid papers are saying about the butchery.

        link to haaretz.com

        “The headline of his newspaper, Israel Hayom, declared, “Take it to the finish.”

        The finish is the collapse of Zionism.

    • Sumud
      July 10, 2014, 7:13 am

      ABC correspondent confirms their will be on-air correction:

      link to mobile.twitter.com

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 7:22 am

        ABC correspondent confirms their will be on-air correction:

        I guess those genocidal commenters will have to eat their words.

    • Citizen
      July 10, 2014, 7:35 am

      @ Sumund
      I read the first 25 or so comments on FB–all were against ABC News grudging correction, most thought it was an intentional error, not a mistake, and many demanded ABC make its correction on air, not on FB or Twitter. I bet ABC won’t do it on air. Here’s the correction offered:

      On Tuesday night “World News” aired a report on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, including attacks from both sides.
      In the introduction to the story, we mistakenly identified a family depicted in a still photo.
      They are Palestinian, not Israeli.
      We regret the error and will correct it.
      Like

  20. michelle
    July 10, 2014, 7:15 am

    .
    no news here
    it isn’t unusual for Diane Sawyer to report slanted stories to the public
    best to look and listen to the mainstream media with the understanding that
    Truth is not with them
    .
    G-d Bless
    .
    .

  21. just
    July 10, 2014, 7:34 am

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Thursday that a cease-fire with Hamas was not on the agenda.

    Netanyahu was asked a number of times whether the government had certain political goals and whether he was in contact with Egypt or other countries to try to bring about a cease-fire through diplomatic means, MKs said.

    “I am not talking to anybody about a cease-fire right now,” Netanyahu told the committee. “It’s not even on the agenda.”

    Netanyahu also stressed that he had received understanding and support from every foreign leader he had spoken to in the last day. “French President Francois Hollande told me that I am right and even issued a statement condemning the rocket fire afterward,” Netanyahu said.

    Committee chairman Ze’ev Elkin proposed taking harsher steps against Gaza, including cutting of water and electricity from Israel into the Strip. Netanyahu said in response: “legal advisers will not allow that.” ”

    link to haaretz.com

    Netanyahu got his wished-for war on. He murders Palestinians and likes it.
    I hope that nobody forgets that this was orchestrated by Israel.

  22. Kay24
    July 10, 2014, 7:48 am

    As an American, I am so mad that the US government constantly keeps showing undying love and unwavering support for Israel, and it’s indifference to the loss of lives of the Palestinians, always show that the US has preference for, and protects Jewish lives, over Arabs and Muslims. That is how our actions can be interpreted.
    The US might have a gripe with Hamas, but totally ignore the majority of civilians. Israel has mastered the art of whining about rockets raining down on them, and they are defending themselves, but facts are right now over 75 Palestinians have been killed, and over 500 wounded. As for the eternal victim – NO DEATHS. The US still, keeps mourning that Israel must defend itself, so how about those without iron domes, no US weapons to defend themselves, no bomb shelters ( Israel’s blockade does not allow cement to come in anyway) and absolutely no concern from the US.
    Watch the Oscar award worthy acting by the Israelis in the media…they sound so wounded, and even lie (Shimon Peres included) that it is all the other guys fault, and they, the poor Israelis must keep defending itself… no mention of the pounding of Gaza, the brutal deaths of Palestinian civilians including an entire family, and that had the Palestinians inflicted the same number of casualties as they have, the whining would be tenfold and the plea for the international community to help them defend themselves. The US congress and the WH would have sent them more iron domes and fighter jets, yesterday. Our sick devotion to Israel, and our inability to be neutral in this conflict, is disgusting.

  23. Donald
    July 10, 2014, 8:29 am

    Is there a mistake in the link? I didn’t hear Diane Sawyer or see what Adam is talking about.

    What I did hear was biased. A “brazen and provocative” Palestinian attack, with no comparable words used about any Israeli action. The violence, as usual, is described as originating with Palestinian violence (the three teens), not mentioning the violence against Palestinians weeks earlier or in fact, any Israeli violence except the revenge killing after the murder of the three Israeli boys.

    • Sumud
      July 10, 2014, 8:56 am

      The link was correct but ABC have changed the content. A copy of the offending footage is on YT, link below.

      Sawyer does it on 3 occasions in 30 seconds: talking about rockets from Gaza meanwhile showing Israeli attacks on Gaza and their aftermath.

      • Donald
        July 10, 2014, 10:19 am

        Thanks to you and tree.

        Wow. That was awe-inspiring. I mean bias is one thing, but this is idiocy on a truly epic scale. You can’t satirize this–in a satirical work it would be too over-the-top, too blatantly ridiculous and unfair to be good satire.

        Sawyer has raised the bar for journalistic stupidity, or lowered it. I can’t tell–the bar is now so far away I can’t see it anymore

      • Citizen
        July 10, 2014, 10:46 am

        Nothing Sawyer does can be reasonably explained as ignorance. Her political history goes back to apparently she was Deep Throat. She’s, if anything, a great living example of what it takes to be a big TV News person with cred in the US mainstream media. She’s has a track record of being politically astute and comes with ivy league credentials. She deserves all the criticism she gets for opting to her face of this devious shuffle of negative factual pictures from Israel to basically HAMAS aka all Palestinians. Please drum up the outing of Sawyer as a pawn of Zionists whom she has opted to support against truth and US best interests–all for her selfish career and ego.

      • Citizen
        July 10, 2014, 10:53 am

        She knows her boss, ABC, who has also persistently misrepresented Iran and its nuclear situation: link to thetruthseeker.co.uk

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 11:46 am

        Into how many portions will the pound of flesh be distributed? You guys are so unforgiving. How many times has she goofed in the past? Take a look at the awards she’s won throughout her 35-year journalistic career and measure it against that one-minute goofy report.

      • Sumud
        July 10, 2014, 12:11 pm

        Another sterling performance from DS (I swear she’s constipated here).

        Unforgiving maybe Walid I’ve just had it with the bullshit talking heads. They wouldn’t know journalism if it bit them on their bleached white assholes.

      • Walid
        July 10, 2014, 12:38 pm

        It is bullshit, Sumud, I still remember that story, dogs and all. The Israeli team packed up and left a couple of days after the major news networks had taped their “valiant” work. It was all show business. After that one, the dog-team went to an earthquake in Turkey and pulled the same tape-recording stunt. All this, while holding up pregnant Palestinian women at checkpoints to deliver their babies right then and there or preventing cancer patients from exiting at Rafah for treatment. They are so humanitarian those Israelis that it’s nauseating.

      • Kris
        July 10, 2014, 1:15 pm

        @Walid– Seriously? That was no “one-minute goofy report,” it was pure propaganda. There are undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of ignorant Americans who will continue to believe the lie, even if ABC issues an apology.

        As Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

      • Donald
        July 10, 2014, 4:19 pm

        “You guys are so unforgiving.”

        I’m just stunned that a mistake this ridiculous could even be made. I honestly can’t fathom it–how ignorant would you have to be to show something like that? I don’t think it was deliberate–it’s just too insane to pass muster as deliberate hasbara.

        As for Sawyer, I don’t know the technical details of how TV broadcasting works. Was she actually looking at the photos when she said it? Does she just read the script set in front of her without looking? If the latter, and she wasn’t thinking straight, then yeah, I could forgive her, not that it matters in the slightest what I forgive. The MSM certainly doesn’t give a crap what I think.

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:28 pm

        ” how ignorant would you have to be to show something like that?”

        Why, what woulod you expect to see as the result of “100′s of missiles” or “raining down rockets”? Wouldn’t it look just like that?
        I don’t know, I think 2001-2003 was when the American media discovered that no matter how serious the problem, how dire the situation, giving people the facts, don’t matter, what they want is Manichean Melodrama. Facts just get in the way.

      • Donald
        July 10, 2014, 6:36 pm

        “Why, what woulod you expect to see as the result of “100′s of missiles” or “raining down rockets”

        That could be. The MSM could be believing its own propaganda. A clever intern could probably pull out a photo of Hiroshima and pass it off as the result of one of these newfangled Iranian missiles landing in Tel Aviv. The anchors wouldn’t know the difference.

    • tree
      July 10, 2014, 8:56 am

      ABC News may have already deleted the erroneous lead-in to the story. Check Walid’s embedded video above for the Diane Sawyer lead-in that Adam is talking about.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:41 pm

        “That could be. The MSM could be believing its own propaganda. A clever intern could probably pull out a photo of Hiroshima and pass it off as the result of one of these newfangled Iranian missiles landing in Tel Aviv. The anchors wouldn’t know the difference.”

        Bingo.

  24. traintosiberia
    July 10, 2014, 8:38 am

    Diane Swayer has not forgot the fates of Olovia Nassr, Helen Thomas, Rick Danchez .
    The fear is international in dimension.
    It has been much worse in France.
    Just for being neutral or for reporting the facts and for writing books -[" Mustafa Kessous ,Michael Bole-Richard and
    Stéphane. Hessel received negative treatment and forced retiring .Pascal Boniface has suffered same fate .

    He was an advisor to Parti Socialiste., intimately involved with Pres Chirac and PM Joslin ]

    link to counterpunch.org .

  25. seafoid
    July 10, 2014, 8:49 am

    link to ft.com

    “I felt there was a lot of thirst for blood,” one soldier is quoted as saying. “This is the beauty of Gaza. You see a person walking down a street or path; he does not have to be with a weapon. You just have to see him with something, and you shoot him
    He also described an incident in which a platoon commander ordered the shooting of a woman who was crossing a street close to a house used by Israeli forces: “Suspicious, not suspicious, I don’t know her story. what he did in the end was get the men on the roof and take her out. From that story, I felt it was cold-blooded murder.”

    That was Cast Lead

    They never ever question the butchery. They never have a meaningful investigation. So it keeps on recurring

    The actor and comedian David Schneider wrote on Twitter: “As a Jew, Israel’s like a close family member who’s hooked on heroin and you just don’t know what to do with them any more.”

    link to unz.org
    “Central to Israel’s defence of its actions in Gaza last year is the claim that international humanitarian law (IHR) is inadequate and must be modified to accommodate the “asymmetrical”nature of modern warfare. ”

    • a blah chick
      July 10, 2014, 8:56 am

      -The actor and comedian David Schneider wrote on Twitter: “As a Jew, Israel’s like a close family member who’s hooked on heroin and you just don’t know what to do with them any more.”-

      Tough love, Dave. Don’t let them crash at your place and stop giving them money for drugs.

  26. a blah chick
    July 10, 2014, 8:54 am

    Mr. Sara has aimed pretty high here, the complete defeat of Hamas. Anything less is a defeat.

    In the aftermath of the Abu Khdeir lynching I hang onto the hope that that boy’s death is the first in a string of events that brings the whole rotten corrupt edifice crashing down.

    • Walid
      July 10, 2014, 12:49 pm

      “the whole rotten corrupt edifice crashing down.”

      On both sides of the fence, abc.

      • a blah chick
        July 10, 2014, 8:21 pm

        Amen, brother.

      • Shingo
        July 10, 2014, 8:59 pm

        On both sides of the fence, abc

        Agreed Walid. Including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, and Kuwait. Hopefully Abbas get’s a during squad.

  27. seafoid
    July 10, 2014, 8:58 am

    This article deserves a wider readership given the number of civilians Israel has murdered in the last 48 hours, given what the Dersh says about civilians murdered by the Israeli army

    link to nybooks.com

    “In 2005, Asa Kasher and Amos Yadlin published in an American academic journal “Assassination and Preventive Killing,”[1] an essay that explores the issue of “assassination within the framework of fighting terror.” There are good reasons to believe that the political and practical significance of this essay goes far beyond its academic interest. Asa Kasher is professor of professional ethics and philosophy of practice at Tel Aviv University and an academic adviser to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Amos Yadlin is a major general who at the time the article appeared was the military attachéof the embassy of Israel in Washington; he is currently the head of Israeli army intelligence.
    The writers are quick to point out that the “views expressed in the present paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the…IDF or the State of Israel.” But the issue is not whether their views are official, but whether they are in fact influential in the Israeli army. Soon after the recent Israeli intervention in Gaza, Amos Harel argued in Haaretz (February 6, 2009) that the guidelines suggested in the article are indeed the ones that govern the IDF’s conduct in battle. This claim has since been both affirmed and denied by Israeli soldiers. We will not join that dispute here, but given the intense interest in Israel’s rules of engagement in the Gaza fighting, it’s critically important to address Kasher and Yadlin’s argument.

    We are not going to deal here with the issue of targeted assassination, which is the paper’s explicit subject. Instead we want to challenge what the authors say is their most “important and sensitive” claim. Kasher and Yadlin ask:
    What priority should be given to the duty to minimize casualties among the combatants of the state when they are engaged in combat…against terror?
    When they write of combatants of “the state,” the authors mean states in general, including the armed forces of the state of Israel. By “terror” they mean the intentional killing of civilians, as by members of Hamas in recent years. And this is their answer:
    Usually, the duty to minimize casualties among combatants during combat is last on the list of priorities, or next to last, if terrorists are excluded from the category of noncombatants. We firmly reject such a conception because it is immoral. A combatant is a citizen in uniform. In Israel, quite often, he is a conscript or on reserve duty. His state ought to have a compelling reason for jeopardizing his life. The fact that persons involved in terror are depicted as noncombatants and that they reside and act in the vicinity of persons not involved in terror is not a reason for jeopardizing the combatant’s life in their pursuit…. The terrorists shoulder the responsibility for their encounter with the combatant and should therefore bear the consequences.
    And they go on:
    Where the state does not have effective control of the vicinity, it does not have to shoulder responsibility for the fact that persons who are involved in terror operate in the vicinity of persons who are not.”

  28. amigo
    July 10, 2014, 11:13 am

    Did anyone see Prosor,s diatribe at the UN yesterday.

    Why did the UN give a platform at the UN to a terrorist Org.He was referring to the unity Government reps who spoke and so presumably is calling every Palestinian leader terrorists.

    Geez, it might be nice to ask this lying creep why the world,s most renowned Terrorist entity got 30 minutes to spread it,s propaganda at the UN.

    His “speech” included the name Hamas and terrorists-Using Human shields–hiding amongst civilians blah blah blah some 50 times.Deja vu all over again.Same old worn out zionist hasbara.

  29. Citizen
    July 10, 2014, 11:14 am

    (Explanation by an Israeli Jew in Hebrew why Diane Sawyer has lots of blood on her hands: American Main Media-manipulated US taxpayers are now funding & supporting in the UN SC via their government the imprisonment of 3.5 million native people for life): The Israeli speaks: “If f I had to explain the whole Israeli-Palestinian crisis now briefly, I would use the following metaphor: we’ve built two giant prisons. Let’s call them “West Bank Prison” and “Gaza Prison.” The West Bank Prison is similar to a minimum security facility, where prisoners get to run their own affairs as long as they behave. They are entitled to vacations from time to time and once a year they are even taken to the beach. Some lucky people get below-minimum-wage jobs in nearby factories, and when you consider the low prices in the prison canteen, it’s actually not a bad deal.

    Gaza, on the other hand, is a maximum security facility. It is difficult to visit and impossible to leave. We allow in essential food, water and electricity so that the prisoners don’t die. Apart from that, we don’t really care about them – that is unless they approach the prison fence; or the “forbidden” perimeter, where anyone who wanders too close is shot; or if they try to throw something over the fence.

    Indeed, they occasionally throw some homemade bombs made of things they’ve managed to smuggle into prison, and when they fall on our heads it really is unpleasant. So we send our snipers to the watchtowers built around the prison and shoot them like fish in a barrel until they calm down. And when they finally do calm down, we cease firing because we are not the kind of bastards who shoot people for fun.
    Israel’s prison facilities in the West Bank & Gaza now hold a total of 3.5 million people – an entire nation – all sentenced to life.”
    Translation from the hebrew at : link to mekomit.co.il

  30. subconscious
    July 10, 2014, 6:46 pm

    On the ABC evening news, just a few minutes ago, Sawyer clearly apologized for yesterday’s error, saying she was “truly sorry,” and correctly identified the family in the photo as being in Gaza.

  31. LuLu
    July 10, 2014, 7:17 pm

    I really believe it was an error. She apologized on the evening news today. How can she mistake a lady with a Hijab with an Israeli? lol

    link to abcnews.go.com

    • Sumud
      July 11, 2014, 12:53 am

      Thanks for the link.

      I had expected it to be glossed over and just handled as a to-camera piece only, but they put the images back on screen for an extended time as she talked.

      Very well handled by Sawyer.

    • Donald
      July 11, 2014, 1:01 am

      That was classy of her. I still don’t understand how such a mistake could be made, but it’s good to see media people acknowledge their screwups.

      • Walid
        July 11, 2014, 1:41 am

        All’s well that ends well, Donald.

      • Sumud
        July 11, 2014, 4:09 am

        I was going to use the word “classy” also Donald but then I thought, she’s not classy – at least not in more than 30 seconds blocks.

        Classy would be if she had said:

        Tonight we’re going to be making some big changes here in how we cover the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine.
        I want you to know as long as I’ve been on air, coverage of Israel and Palestine has been very biased in Israel’s favour. We consistently ignore Israeli violence and consistently overreport Palestinian violence. Likewise we hardly ever cover Palestinians deaths, which are far greater in number than Israeli deaths, which we spend more time on than I believe is appropriate.
        More than that though, we as journalists have shirked our responsibly to YOU our public and our audience. We have deliberately obscured some very basic facts about the situation in order to paint Palestinians as the aggressors and Israelis as the victims when in reality the situation is reversed. It is Israel that is undertaking a brutal occupation of Palestine, now in it’s 47th year, it is Israel that uses extreme, unimaginable violence to maintain that occupation.
        You don’t know that for every Israeli child killed Israel kills more than 10 Palestinian children. You don’t know that Israel has demolished more than 25,000 Palestinian homes since 1967 with American-made Caterpillar bulldozers. You don’t know that Israel commits multiple war crimes each and every day in Palestine. And most of all you probably don’t know that it is YOU, the mom and pop American taxpayer, who sends more than $1000 a year to each and every Israeli in the form of foreign aid to Israel. The reason you don’t know these things is because we have chose not to tell you.
        I can no longer live with that choice.
        Because we give so much to Israel, we have the power to influence their behaviour for the better – to act like a true friend and ally – but that can’t happen until we start to talk truthfully about the real situation in that country.
        Now there are a number of reasons that our coverage has been so biased in Israel’s favour but that’s another story for another time.
        Tonight I just want to let you know that things are going to change around here. I want to sincerely apologise to you, our loyal viewers, for our inadequate coverage, and I want to apologise again, to both Israelis and Palestinians for that same poor coverage. We have been part of the problem here in America – enabling some terribly immoral behaviour, things that we would never accept for ourselves, either as perpetrator or victim. Things that stand in stark contrast to our highest American values, the things that made this country great.
        We’re going to become part of the solution instead, while there is still time left.
        Thank you.

    • David Samel
      July 11, 2014, 7:49 am

      I don’t think there is any question that it was an error rather than deliberate, but the nature of the error speaks volumes. The photos themselves of massive devastation and the people depicted could not have been mistaken by anyone with the slightest familiarity with the conflict as Israelis. The people who made this mistake – including Sawyer herself – are so utterly clueless that it is unfathomable that they present news on national TV. It is as if they showed Netanyahu speaking in Hebrew and misidentified it as Abbas speaking Arabic.

      • Citizen
        July 11, 2014, 1:22 pm

        @ David Samel
        You are correct. There’s no way any American, especially somebody like Sawyer, would not know what she was doing. She knew. She loves her career. That’s all there is to her. She’s like nearly all US congress folks. They could care less about anything but their own careers and immediate family. It’s a big problem most especially when it comes to US foreign policy in the ME. Nobody calls Sawyer or main media or Congress to account for their conflation of US & Israeli interests. My only hope is the internet and more Americans going to it for something other than ball scores and female shoe sales.

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