For years, I’ve complained about stories being published that are not properly sourced or that look at a single side of an issue while claiming to be “news” reports. The former has become the norm lately while the latter is so commonplace most people no longer bat an eye at the clear bias in mainstream media.
I’m about to break both of my own rules.
The influx of anti-Israel spin is at its highest point in American media history. It’s even becoming instantly popular to outright bash Israel and those who support the Jewish state. Under normal circumstances, I’d give some examples. These are not normal circumstances. You can either take it at face value or explore it on your own. I will not link to these stories directly.
As for the second rule, this is a news story and it’s going to be biased. I won’t be classifying it as an opinion piece even though my opinion is clearly driving the entire article. It’s my belief that this isn’t a matter of opinion but a clear and indisputable fact: mainstream media and other anti-Israel voices are making their perspectives known. It started when rumors emerged that President Trump would be moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. It has only increased today following the failed suicide bombing in New York.
Read stories about either topic. If they’re not coming from a pro-Israel publication, hints of anti-Israel talking points will almost certainly be scattered throughout. It’s important to note that these aren’t necessarily antisemitic talking points. They haven’t all gone that far yet, but some have. Most simply bolster the anti-Israel narrative with subtle jabs by invoking phrases like “occupied territory” or “disputed land,” among others. They’ll mention the history in the land for the Palestinians and try to elicit emotional responses for a people that has “lost hope” thanks to President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
I have been forthcoming about my opposition to some of the policies and practices of both of these leaders, but on this particular topic, they’re in the right. Jerusalem has been and always should be the capital of Israel/Judah. Just because the vast majority of nations around the world doesn’t recognize this fact doesn’t make it any less true.
We are already hearing how the peace process has been derailed by the President’s move. None of the publications making this claim have an answer as to why there hasn’t been a sustainable peace before the announcement. If not recognizing Jerusalem as the capital was such an important factor in delivering peace, why hasn’t it worked in the decades before President Trump made his move?
I’m not going to try to convince anyone to change their perspective on Israel. To those of you who support them and believe the President is making the right move, I offer this as a warning: our view will not be the popular one in the long term. The events of the last week or so have triggered what was always around the corner. The public relations machine of anti-Israel elements of society will be hammering their points incessantly going forward.
Remain diligent. Stay focused. Don’t succumb to the indoctrination they’re starting to push on society at this moment in history. Every terrorist attack in America from now on will be somehow linked to actions by or on behalf of Israel. They’re pushing this narrative hard and they’re not going to stop.