CBC National Airs Staged Pallywood Footage
The footage of a beige jacketed Palestinian man making a miraculous recovery after appearing to be injured in an Israeli airstrike was broadcast not only on the BBC, and CNN, but also CBC’s flagship program the National on November 14 and SRC (CBC-French). HonestReporting.com exposed this faked injury described as Pallywood (Hollywood-like acting by Palestinians).
Despite our confronting CBC with incontrovertible evidence noting the lack of authenticity of this footage, CBC has not taken any action to tell its viewers that it broadcast fraudulent footage designed to mislead westerners into believing that Israel was laying waste to Gaza. CNN on the other hand did issue an on-air statement acknowledging that it broadcast “unverified” footage of supposedly injured Palestinians. Importantly, following our intervention with SRC, a warning label was added to their news report and a statement was issued acknowledging the lack of credibility of this footage. SRC also committed to not use this footage any more.
CTV Backtracks on Calling Tel Aviv Bus Bombing Terror
Covering the aftermath of a terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv bus that wounded dozens of Israelis, CTV initially called terror by its rightful name referring to it as a “terror attack” and in attribution as an “act of terror”.
But within minutes, CTV News disgracefully backtracked by removing the network's labelling of the attack as "terror" describing it only as a "public transit bus explosion" alleged by Israeli authorities in attribution "as an act of terror".
CTV also purged this CanadaAM video from the queue of its videos appended to this article. According to article 2(a) of the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (1997), one commits the crime of a terrorist bombing when one “unlawfully and intentionally delivers, places, discharges or detonates an explosive or other lethal device in, into or against … a place of public use ... [or] a public transportation system ... with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.”
Not only was this a terrorist attack, but even international law recognizes it as such. That CTV appeared to be trying to cover its tracks by backtracking on its appropriating the lexicon of terror was appalling.
Edmonton Journal Cartoon Claims Palestinian Rockets are Mere Spitballs
A November 19 Edmonton Journal editorial cartoon by Mathew Hayes claiming that Palestinian terrorists (who he depicted as innocent children, not radical jihadis), fire only spitballs at Israeli “centurians”, was a gross distortion of the truth and whitewashing of Palestinian terror.
This year alone, over 1,600 deadly rockets have been fired at Israeli cities from Hamas-held Gaza Strip. Since 2001, more than 12,800 rockets and mortars (that’s an average of 3 attacks every single day), have landed in Israel.
Hamas’ deadly rocket arsenal consists of long-range rockets like the Fajr-5 which has a 90kg payload with a range of 75km putting 3.5 million civilians at threat. Heavily populated Israeli cities like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are now under daily threat.
Hayes’ poisonous pen only served to mislead Edmonton Journal readers of the real threat that Israelis face from Palestinian rockets.
CBC National Issues On-Air Correction After HRC Complaint
A November 19 CBC National report about Israeli airstrikes on Palestinian terror targets saw the CBC’s Mideast bureau chief Sasa Petricic erroneously claim: “The media centre hit yesterday was hit again hard. Israel killed a senior Hamas militant who was there.”
Contrary to Petricic’s claim, the attack on the media centre targeted a leader of the terror group Islamic Jihad, not Hamas.
Following receipt of our complaint, CBC National issued the following on-air correction (watch clip below) orated by Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge on November 20: “And we want to set the record straight, on something from last night. We incorrectly reported that an Israeli strike on the Gaza media centre killed a senior Hamas official, in fact the attack killed a militant leader of Islamic Jihad.”
CBC Flag Fail
A November 21 CBC.ca article featured a graphic describing the outlawed terrorist group Hamas as the official “state” representatives of the Palestinian people. CBC erroneously claimed that Hamas flew the official Palestinian flag and ran the “state” of Gaza. After our intervention with the CBC, a new graphic was issued identifying Hamas as only a “party”, not a “state” actor with its official green flag.
Local Canadian Protest Rallies Receive Biased Coverage:
HRC Exposes Guelph Mercury Journalist Who Denied Israel’s Right to Exist
Guelph journalist Troy Bridgeman wrote a commentary on November 22 claiming that Israeli-Palestinian violence “permeates the security walls and barbwire that have come to symbolize more than six decades of occupation and containment.” In making such a statement, this journalist either knowingly or if we were to judge favourably, inadvertently denied Israel’s right to exist. We exposed this commentary which challenged Israel’s right to exist in the following November 26 op-ed:
When Canadian Commentators Cross the Line:
Contrary to this statement, the deaths of the seven Palestinian civilians on a beach in Gaza on June 9th, 2006 was not caused by the Israeli Defense Forces. Investigations by the IDF and others revealed evidence that a Hamas mine was most likely the cause of the beach blast. HonestReporting Canada informed Star editors of their error and the following clarification was issued on November 21: