There is substantial evidence that Islamic jihadists were responsible for an explosion at a Gaza hospital on Tuesday but you wouldn’t know that from the corporate media coverage dominating newsstands and screens all over the world.
As of Wednesday morning, members of the American corporate media complex had spent the majority of their Israel and Gaza reporting over the past 24 hours amplifying terrorist propaganda that accused Israel, which spent the last few days issuing evacuation warnings in Gaza ahead of their retaliation, of war crimes.
Just about every large print and TV outlet including The Washington Post, CNN, The Associated Press, and The New York Times ran early reports spreading Palestinians’ claims that Israel fired a missile at a Gaza hospital, killing hundreds.
Every single piece of information the press “reported” about the incident over the last 24 hours, it turns out, looks like it was a groundless lie.
Evidence from multiple sources indicates that Israel didn’t “strike” the Gaza-based hospital that was said to have housed hundreds of the sick, injured, and displaced. The terrorists in Gaza, it appears, misfired a rocket that sent shards of shrapnel toward the medical facility.
When reports of the explosion surfaced, the press didn’t blame or even question Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which have a track record of blowing up their own and storing weapons in or near hospitals, over their insistence that the rocket belonged to Israel. Instead, outlets like MSNBC accused the Jewish state of having no proof that it didn’t launch the attack.
“The Israeli military, at this point, is not providing any evidence to back up its claims that this was a Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket. They are citing intelligence that they have not yet made public,” an NBC News correspondent said in an MSNBC broadcast. “We should also say that this kind of death toll is not what you normally associate with Palestinian rockets.”
Israel did have evidence.
After a few hours of investigation, the Israel Defense Forces announced that “an enemy rocket barrage was carried out towards Israel, which passed through the vicinity of the hospital when it was hit.”
“According to intelligence information, from several sources we have, the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization is responsible for the failed [rocket] shooting that hit the hospital,” the IDF concluded.
Israel’s innocence was quickly confirmed by video footage and geolocation technology. A recording of Hamas operatives discussing the explosion as a product of their own further established Israel was not responsible for the attack.
Reports casting doubt that the hospital was basically leveled also surfaced on Wednesday morning. Outlets originally claimed that hundreds of people died in the blast. Those accounts faced heavy scrutiny when daylight appeared to show that damage from the projectile was largely concentrated in the hospital’s parking lot.
The irony of the media’s rush to parrot Palestinian propaganda is not lost on anyone who has followed the chaos unfolding in the Middle East over the last 10 days. Less than one week ago, corporate media scrambled to challenge overwhelming evidence that Hamas beheaded Israeli babies.
Ground reports last week indicated that Hamas decapitated more than three dozen babies during its surprise invasion of Israel. Evidence of the barbarism towards infants was quickly confirmed by Israel’s prime minister, his spokesman, the IDF, shown to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and even amplified by President Joe Biden.
CNN called into question whether the terrorist organization infamous for using women and children as human shields had really done such a thing, relying on statements from the terrorists themselves and an unnamed “Israeli official.”
It wasn’t long before several other members of the corrupt media including NBC, Reuters, and The Intercept also contested reports of executed infants. They claimed that the reports had not been fact-checked or authenticated well enough for them to report that specific aspect of Hamas’ brutality.
Even if corporate media agreed to retract and correct its egregious lies about the Gaza hospital or beheaded babies instead of covertly modifying headlines, it is too late. The disinformation damage that conveniently supports the political left’s increasing sympathy for Middle Eastern terrorism is done.
Corporate media’s collective decision to amplify terrorist talking points without scrutiny or confirmation benefitted their partisan allies in Congress such as Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar who used the false reports to reinforce their support for the Hamas-controlled strip.
The press’s amplification of jihadist spin also effectively fomented hatred toward Israel from the European Union, the World Health Organization, and other Middle Eastern countries whose leaders called the explosion a “hideous war massacre,” “deliberate bombing of civilians,” and “the latest example devoid of the most basic human values.”
Islamic actors used the reported attack to fuel their expressed hatred for Western countries including the United States.
As of Wednesday morning, some corporate media outlets still refused to name Hamas as the perpetrator of the explosion. Instead, PBS, AP, MSNBC, WaPo, Bloomberg, CBS, Politico, Business Insider, and more accused the Jewish state and terrorists of “trading blame” for the blast.