Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says American media headline is an example of CBS’s “unparalleled chutzpa.”
By HERB KEINON, JPOST.COM STAFF
Israel’s Foreign Ministry reacted to what it called a “horrible headline” that the American CBS news outlet composed following a Jerusalem terror attack on Wednesday.
“3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” read the CBS headline. At around 5:30 p.m. Israel time, CBS changed the headline to: “Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said the original headline was “biased and dishonest,” and an example of “unparalleled chutzpa.” He said the ministry, the Government Press Office and the National Information Directorate all worked to get the headline changed.
The new headline, he said, “was not ideal, but better.”
The headline was changed a third time later, reading: “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed.”
Two female Israeli Border Police officers were wounded by Palestinian terrorists who carried out the combined knife and shooting attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate on Wednesday afternoon. Both of the officers were rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, with one fighting for her life and the other in serious condition. The three terrorists were shot and killed by Israeli security forces at the scene of the attack.
This is not the first time that the Foreign Ministry has protested headlines in the foreign media following terror attacks.
In November 2014, CNN apologized for mistakes in its coverage of a terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem.
CNN ran a ticker that read, “4 Israelis, 2 Palestinians dead in Jerusalem,” failing to note that the two Palestinians were the terrorists.
Later, CNN apologized for the headline, writing: “As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers. We erred and regret the mistake.”
After the CNN incident, the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to its delegations around the world calling on them to immediately protest to media outlets distorting reports about the attack.
Nachshon at the time said that from Israel’s perspective, “tendentious reports and lies are meant to distort the reality, to defame Israel and in practice (if not always by intent) give a back-wind to terror.”
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