Rally at NY’s Columbus Circle decries an ‘insidious double standard and media duplicity’
(SOURCE) – Several hundred people rallied outside CNN’s Time Warner studios Thursday evening, calling on it and other US news outlets to stop slanting its coverage against Israel.
“We decided it’s time to take a stand against bias in the media,” said Jeremy Dery, one of the rally organizers. “The media has ignored the Israeli side of the conflict. The world believes that Israel targets innocent people.”
Dery, who recently returned from Israel where he worked as a parliamentary assistant in the Knesset, said he and the other organizers chose the Columbus Circle site, the location of the Time Warner Center where CNN is housed, for symbolic reasons.
“I’m here to expose and confront the lies that biased media, like CNN, displays to the world regarding the war between Israel and the Gaza Strip,” Dery said. “Their news anchors have reported deceitful stories that favor the Palestinian side, while ignoring, the Israeli point of view during this whole operation.”
Joe Hyams from Honest Reporting, an advocacy group based in Jerusalem, said he’s tired of the “insidious double standard and media duplicity.”
“I won’t apologize to the international media that we didn’t bleed enough,” Hyams said, referring to Israel’s Iron Dome, which intercepted the nearly 3,000 rockets fired on civilians during the war.
Other speakers included Rabbi Steven Burg of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Helen Freedman, Executive Director Americans for a Safe Israel and Chloé Simon Valdary, a consultant for CAMERA and a pro-Israel activist.
Valdary said she understands Hamas might have threatened, threatened reporters.
“In the name of journalistic integrity journalists have a responsibility to let the audience know what the conditions are from where they are reporting,” Valdary said. “The coverage has gotten worse, especially from The New York Times. There is no context, and they draw a moral equivalency between Hamas and the IDF.”
Valdary, and CAMERA, also questioned the reporting of Palestinian casualty figures. Reports focus on Palestinian civilian casualties but don’t mention Hamas fighters, or that Hamas demanded Gaza citizens lie about casualties, she said.