Monday, September 04, 2006

Palestinian child Care and the Media
One Angry Christian

I keep having this argument with people about the media, and how they purposefully and obviously mislead people. It sounds like a conspiracy theory right? Well, consider this headline:

Palestinian teachers' strike hurts boy

Sounds like a bunch of teachers went on strike and it caused some poor little boy grief. Was he deprived of his education? Was he suffering at home? Did he some how suffer directly from the actions of the teachers? Did they yell at him? How exactly did the teachers hurt him?

Let's take a quick look at the article. You don't really have to read very far to see a striking difference in the story line from the headline. In fact, let's JUST look at the first line of the story:

NABLUS, West Bank - Masked militants trying to keep students away from school during a politically charged Palestinian teachers' strike on Sunday shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy.

So I guess I missed it. Was the militant a teacher? Did the teacher shoot the kid? Ok, fine I give up. I'll read more:

Palestinian teachers began striking Saturday, the start of the school year, to demand full back pay and regular salaries from the Hamas-led government, which has been financially crippled by six months of international sanctions. Most schools throughout the West Bank remained closed, some by force, as the strike continued.

OH NO! The teachers were on STRIKE? Ummm, ok. So that still doesn't make sense. I mean they were on strike, but WHO shot the kid? Who was using fire arms with live ammunition to direct children?

At least three masked militants stood outside a school in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and fired in the air to keep children away, witnesses said. Stray fire hit a 12-year-old boy, Issam Ghannam, in the abdomen, witnesses said.

Ok, so the teachers had nothing to do with it? It was some random masked militants? So how does this headline fit? Why isn't this on the front page of the New York Times? If those were U.S. soldiers I guarantee you it would be.

Yes. I'm being facetious, but the point needs to be made.

Just one more thing before I go. How did the Loving family of this assaulted child react? The family being from the same people who riot when someone shows a PICTURE a CARTOON that makes fun of their religious leader, who scream out rage and parade their kids in front of network news outlets when one of them suffers injury (real or imagined) at the hands of the Israelis, how did they react to their child being shot by Palestinian gun men?

The child's family, Fatah loyalists, refused to condemn the militants. "There were unknown men with weapons, preventing the students from going to school," said the boy's uncle, Ghannam Ibrahim Ghannam. "They fired, and as an unintentional result of the shooting he was hit."

Think about that the next time you're watching CNN and they start talking about how "out raged" muslims are about the war.

-One Angry Christian


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