Sunday, May 30, 2010

Article: Israel strikes in Gaza

This was a wire service story published in The Hartford Courant May 30.

The article reported on Israeli airstrikes on a weapons factory in the Gaza Strip and on a tunnel dug by terrorists near Gaza's border with Israel.

The article was factual, but was subtly biased in at least two ways:

1. It made no mention of the reason for the strikes until near the end of the article, where it noted an Israeli army spokesman explained "the strikes were in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Thursday."

2. The Hartford Courant did not report on the rocket fire directed at Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Apparently, for The Hartford Courant, Arab terrorists attacking Israel does not constitute news unless Israel acts to defend itself.


Factual Accuracy: 10
Bias-Free: 8
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 2

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