Sago Boulevard

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Not News

I wonder how the media would react if hundreds Jewish Israeli attacked a Muslim village, torching houses and vehicles. My guess is that it would be front-page news. But I didn't see anything on the homepages of news websites about 500 Muslim Palestinians ransacking a Christian Palestinian village. The attack was triggered by the murder of a 30-year-old Muslim woman, who was killed by members of her own family for "having had a romance with a Christian man".

Is this just an example of the Man Bites Dog rule of journalism? Maybe Palestinians kill each other so often that it's just not news anymore. Or is it possible that the media singles out Israel for scrutiny for isolated incidents while failing to show how good Israel looks when compared to her neighbors?

(via Seth Chalmer)