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Last week’s leaked New York Times staff directive, as to what words can and cannot be used to describe the carnage Israel is raining on Palestinians, is proof positive, since those reports are published verbatim here in New Zealand, that our understanding of the conflict is carefully managed to always reflect a pro-Israel bias.

Forget the humanity of 120,000 dead and wounded Palestinians and countless others facing famine and disease sheltering in tents or what’s left of destroyed buildings, even internationally recognized terms and phrases such as “genocide,” “occupied territory,” “ethnic cleansing” and even “refugee camps” are discouraged, along with “slaughter”, “massacre” and “carnage”.

Though such language restrictions are claimed to be in the interests of fairness, an earlier investigation showed that between Oct. 7 and Nov. 14, The Times used the word “massacre” 53 times when it referred to Israelis being killed by Palestinians and only once in reference to Palestinians being killed by Israel. 

By that date, thousands of Palestinians had perished, the vast majority of whom were women and children, and most of them were killed inside their own homes, in hospitals, schools or United Nations shelters. 

This carefully managed use of words is deliberate and insidious and, as Jack Tame’s interview with Israel’s ambassador on Sunday’s Q&A programme showed, even our most experienced media people are not immune to its effects.

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From his introduction, “establishing” that the genocide taking place in Gaza had its genesis in the October 7 attack by Hamas, and not in the Nakba of 1948, Jack Tame and TVNZ facilitated an almost hour-long presentation of pro-Israel propaganda, justifying its atrocities.

For its appalling lack of balance, including Tame’s obsequious allowance and nodding agreement with the Israeli ambassador’s thoroughly discredited claims of Hamas atrocities; “beheadings” “necrophilia” and for describing Israelis’ as being “butchered” (five times he used the word) while Palestinians were merely “killed”, this was a new low in our media’s record of bias when it comes to the presentation of the facts about the Palestine/Israel conflict.

In the very week that we prepare to remember the horrific sacrifices made in previous wars and even as Israel‘s genocidal slaughter of Palestinians brings us closer to WW3 than at any time since the Cuban missile crisis, that TVNZ should have, pre-recorded and so had time to edit, such a disgraceful presentation is simply appalling, and heads should roll. 

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Jack should not be allowed to get away with this POS pro Israel puff piece-hound the prat on social media. The Ambassador should have been grilled till he walked out.

  2. Don’t be silly, this is exactly what our media and our govt wanted – is this not clear as day now! The opposite of ‘heads rolling’ will transpire as a result, backs will be slapped, favours will be dished out, the pillars of society – media and politicians – have extra spring in their steps as a result of doing their jobs well, doing their jobs as planned.

    The world is rotten, as a genocide taking place with zero consequence to those committing this genocide attests. The world is rotten because the pillars of our world, the media and politics, are rotten – corrupted. Only by waking up to today’s world can ever hope to change this

  3. PROF. MICHAEL HUDSON, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF GAZA.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNu_OGbqyWk

    @mk4922
    9 days ago
    I’ve listened to so many hours describing how the genocide was planned, but nothing compares to the horror of Michael Hudson’s dispassionate depiction of Israel’s systematic destruction of a population.
    Thank you Professor Hudson and thank you Ania.

    @akpanekpo6025
    9 days ago
    I consider myself to be reasonably well-informed about these matters, but no one has ever explained them to me so lucidly. I’ve always wondered why the “civilized West” seems so determined to enable these depravities regardless of who’s in power. In my ignorance, I believed it was solely because they all serve the arms industry.

    @guywilloughby5443
    10 days ago
    Wow, planned back in the 70’s. That is quite the bomb shell.

    @TheTruthwillOut442
    4 days ago
    This is so evil I cannot comprehend it.!

  4. PSNA needs to demand full right of reply, with equal time.

    Let us witness if Jack Tame will give the same soft ball interview to people who oppose the genocide. But even if he fiercely grills us we have the facts and the truth on our side and will welcome it.

    • Agree.

      The media channels should be following the Kia Ora Gaza flotilla, and the Govt. should be promoting safe passage in international waters, but they won’t.

    • Yes – I agree. There needs to be more balance – and if we hear “Do you condemn Hamas ?” we must hear also “Do you condemn the IDF?”, as any credibility of that group has gone from them now.

  5. Good interview, and not surprising that the pro-Hamas crowd have their panties in a bunch. The Ambassador was respectfully given space to provide legitimate context for the war and demolish the kind of lies and phoney propaganda that proliferate in Evans’ diatribe.

    • Stop referring to the anti dead Palestinian women and children crowd, as pro Hamas. It is such a dickhead conclusion

    • gaby – The New York Times was caught out based on Hamas statement regarding up to 500 people killed on a hospital…turn out it was 2 people…

      • It’s kind of like reporting that the IDF found some tunnels but not being aware, until later, that the Israelis built them!

        • Wheel – The basement was built by Israel as part of the Hospital build by Israel, the tunnels were Hamas.

  6. The Israel ambassadors atrocity propaganda, a lot of which received endorsement from Jack ,,, but it is obviously not working if one read the large amount of comments made by people in our country below the video on Jacks youtube channel …….

    Given that a lot of the comments refuted and debunked the ambassadors propaganda ,,,,,, a huge purge and deletion of most of the comments took place.

    I don’t know if it was Jack and his team or youtube who were doing the deletions or youtube ,,,, but if Jack makes no mention of this large and sneaky censorship,,, then he will truly demonstrate he is a collaborator to the mass murder war crime that he pushed weakly back against during his interview.

    The balls in Jacks court now,,, and one way or another he will reveal something about himself,,, and what the priorities are in his interviews….

    Is it his career ,,, or presenting his viewers the truth….. tick-tock tick-tock ,,, we’ll know in short order.

    Is Jack a sell out ?????????????????

    • Typos — The Israel ambassador USED atrocity propaganda, a lot of which received endorsement from Jack

  7. “Western media complicit in war crimes

    In light of the failure of Western media to report the atrocities, Dr Aliya Khan, Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada and member of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations, took to social media to detail the reports she has received from her colleagues who are volunteering at hospitals in Gaza.

    “I’m receiving reports from my colleagues who are on the ground now, and I just received a report that Al Kheir Hospital, which is next to Nasser Hospital, has been attacked, and the paramedics there informed the physician that a woman was raped for two days until she lost her ability to speak,” Dr Khan said.

    “Women are being raped and this is not being publicised. No one is speaking about this in the western media. Political leaders are not talking about this.

    “Another woman at the Nasser Hospital was stripped of her clothing in front of her husband and brother. When one of them took their clothes off to cover her, the Israeli soldiers killed both the brother and the husband.

    “We have the International Court of Justice saying that there is a plausible genocide happening, and we have asked Israel and the United States to stop these attacks immediately, but there has been a complete blind eye. A complete disregard of the words of the International Court of Justice.

    “Not only are women being raped, children are being bombed to bits and pregnant women are being mowed over by bulldozers. These are unbelievable, horrific crimes, war crimes.” ” https://michaelwest.com.au/un-gaza-vote-us-abstains-israel-tensions-rise/

    • A women raped for 2 days? What an absolute load of BS. There’s no impartial reporting from Gaza at all, Hamas control the whole narrative. In whose interest is it to lie about Israeli soldier’s behavior? Pull the other one mate….

      • I’m obviously not your mate Mr dog-shit Heart idiot …If you don’t like the news coming out about the war crimes committed during Israels Genocide don’t come crying to me about it … perhaps you need reminding of the disgusting Genocidal bile that Israel leaders have told the world https://isitgenocide.com/ ,,, these are your good guys?

        You mention BS ,,, yeah read about it https://www.oct7factcheck.com/index ,,, I bet you’ve repeated some of it ,,, like gaby and Nathan do…..

        Here’s 1 example from the site ,,, https://www.oct7factcheck.com/oct7factcheck/White-flag-executions-by-Israel-5313b9bf8e82432e92abd6e61cef6963 clicking on the arrow beside the claim brings up the proof ,,, refute the facts instead of crying and whining something like “Hamas just need to surrender” ,,, like gaby and Nathan do

        Claiming Hama’s control “the whole narrative” is so false that you’d have to be a desperate dunce to make it ,,, Hamas controlling Western media ( the narrative we get) is beyond stupid,,, perhaps you were hysterical when you made it? ,,, try drying your eyes and engaging your brain instead of looking like a moron.

        To recap from the link that made you post garbage…. “In light of the failure of Western media to report the atrocities, Dr Aliya Khan, Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada and member of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations, took to social media to detail the reports she has received from her colleagues who are volunteering at hospitals in Gaza.” ,,, obviously not hamas,, eh clown heart

        And remember when it was “Blood liable” to claim Israel would be so despicable as to bomb a hospital? https://youtu.be/RLkm00kEoZg?t=521 ,,, what a sick joke that denial has turned out to be …

        Perhaps you should stick to Kiwi Blog. ,,, I imagine there’s some rather sick mischief getting posted in Farrars sewer ,,, am I right? mr righty heart.

      • We human beings know how disgusting you filth are. We will never forgive you. There will be nowhere to run, terrorist.

  8. ” A women raped for 2 days? ”

    Actually rape has been a form of torture and degradation carried out by most invading and occupying forces during war for over a thousand years.

    ” if we can’t get them out…. we will breed them out ” has been the mantra for destroying an established race in its own homeland by invading armies certainly in recent conflicts where the reporting is legitimate.

    The Israeli’s are no different to most invading forces who hate the enemy as much as they do.

    The saddest part is aside from the western media turning their back on these persecuted people with their finger in their ears that after so much misery and death from earlier conflicts you still have the Jack Tames , TVNZ board and editors acting on behalf of their government to be a party to this atrocious attempt to justify the destruction of GAZA and its population by airing it publicly and so far without a right of reply from the Palestinians.

    There are times when I truly believe that some of my countrymen and women are like evil aliens from another world and our once proud reputation on human rights and peace have died without even a murmur.

  9. ” For its appalling lack of balance, including Tame’s obsequious allowance and nodding agreement with the Israeli ambassador’s thoroughly discredited claims of Hamas atrocities; “beheadings” “necrophilia” and for describing Israelis’ as being “butchered” (five times he used the word) while Palestinians were merely “killed”, this was a new low in our media’s record of bias when it comes to the presentation of the facts about the Palestine/Israel conflict. ”

    Another good reason why so many have just stopped watching. The fact that this story went to air without any right of reply shows how far down TVNZ have gone but it does so poorly in the ratings is the only good that comes out of another reason why many people have lost confidenece in the media.

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