• 'Height of Unethical Journalism,' Say Critics, After CNN's Jake Tapper Uses Racist El Paso Shooter to Attack Palestinians
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/05/height-unethical-journalism-say-critics-after-cnns-jake-tapper-uses-racist-el-paso
    Eoin Higgins, staff writer

    Cable news journalist Jake Tapper is under fire by critics after the CNN anchor on Sunday likened the Palestinian liberation movement to white supremacy.

    "It's cool how Jake Tapper compares occupied Palestinians to white nationalists while he's actually giving them a platform on his own show (Richard Spencer most recently)," tweeted AJ+ reporter Sana Saeed.

    Tapper's latest anti-Palestinian comments came during a special extended version of CNN's Sunday flagship show "State of the Union" to grapple with two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that came within 24 hours from midday Saturday to early morning Sunday. The El Paso shooter, Patrick Crusius of Dallas, cited anti-immigrant racism and the president's rhetoric as motivating factors in an alleged 2,300 word rant posted online shortly before the attack.

    That racism, Tapper argued in a segment Sunday, was analogous to the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders whose followers occasionally attack Israelis as part of the resistance movement to their oppression by the apartheid state.

    "You hear conservatives talk all the time—rightly, in my view—about the tone set by, well, the Arab world," said Tapper. "The Palestinians and the way they talk about Israelis, justifying—in the same way you're doing, no direct link between what the leader says and the violence to some poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria—but the idea you're validating this hatred."

    "You can't compare the ideology of Hamas with anything else," added Tapper, "but at the same time, either tone matters or it doesn't."

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    Jake Tapper invokes the Arab world and Palestinians, comparing them to Trump and white supremacists for “validating hatred” after the El Paso attack
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    "Somehow Jake Tapper still finds a way to bring the Arab world and Palestinians into a conversation about WHITE SUPREMACISTS murdering innocent people," activist Linda Sarsour said on Twitter. "Disgusting. But hey, when someone shows you who they are, believe them."

    According to data from Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, at least 3,480 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli security forces in the last decade versus 127 Israelis at the hands of Palestinians. Of the 3,480, a total 782 were children and 338 were women.

    "Aside from everything else," said cartoonist and author Eli Valley, "the apt comparison would be to Trump's ideological compatriots in the Israeli government who spew racist, dehumanizing, anti-Arab invective that reverberates throughout a society upheld by state-sanctioned violence."

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regularly relies on demonization of the Palestinians for political gain and has touted Israel's southern wall as the only thing stopping "severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa."

    Sunday's remarks from Tapper came in for criticism on social media as activists and observers noted the connection between the president's bigotry and Tapper's Islamophobia.

    "This is the height of unethical journalism Jake Tapper—you invoke Palestinians and Arabs as a comparison to white nationalist violence in the US?" said AJ+'s Saeed. "This is blatant anti-Arab bigotry and Islamophobia. CNN needs to take action."

    Writer Derek Davidson said that Tapper's pretenses of objectivity made the CNN anchor's comments even worse.

    "Tapper is the worst person on cable news," said Davidson. "At least the Fox crowd doesn't fake objectivity."

    Nima Shirazi, one of the hosts of the podcast Citations Needed, which targets media lies and propaganda, tweeted that he and his co-host had let things slip on Tapper of late.

    "I am sorry to admit that Adam Johnson and I have been insufficiently hard on Jake Tapper to date," said Shirazi. "This guy is primordial scum."
    'Height of Unethical Journalism,' Say Critics, After CNN's Jake Tapper Uses Racist El Paso Shooter to Attack Palestinians https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/05/height-unethical-journalism-say-critics-after-cnns-jake-tapper-uses-racist-el-paso Eoin Higgins, staff writer Cable news journalist Jake Tapper is under fire by critics after the CNN anchor on Sunday likened the Palestinian liberation movement to white supremacy. "It's cool how Jake Tapper compares occupied Palestinians to white nationalists while he's actually giving them a platform on his own show (Richard Spencer most recently)," tweeted AJ+ reporter Sana Saeed. Tapper's latest anti-Palestinian comments came during a special extended version of CNN's Sunday flagship show "State of the Union" to grapple with two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that came within 24 hours from midday Saturday to early morning Sunday. The El Paso shooter, Patrick Crusius of Dallas, cited anti-immigrant racism and the president's rhetoric as motivating factors in an alleged 2,300 word rant posted online shortly before the attack. That racism, Tapper argued in a segment Sunday, was analogous to the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders whose followers occasionally attack Israelis as part of the resistance movement to their oppression by the apartheid state. "You hear conservatives talk all the time—rightly, in my view—about the tone set by, well, the Arab world," said Tapper. "The Palestinians and the way they talk about Israelis, justifying—in the same way you're doing, no direct link between what the leader says and the violence to some poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria—but the idea you're validating this hatred." "You can't compare the ideology of Hamas with anything else," added Tapper, "but at the same time, either tone matters or it doesn't." Ibrahim @IbrahimAS97 Jake Tapper invokes the Arab world and Palestinians, comparing them to Trump and white supremacists for “validating hatred” after the El Paso attack Embedded video: https://twitter.com/IbrahimAS97/status/1158036628100849664 10:27 AM - Aug 4, 2019 "Somehow Jake Tapper still finds a way to bring the Arab world and Palestinians into a conversation about WHITE SUPREMACISTS murdering innocent people," activist Linda Sarsour said on Twitter. "Disgusting. But hey, when someone shows you who they are, believe them." According to data from Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, at least 3,480 Palestinians have died at the hands of Israeli security forces in the last decade versus 127 Israelis at the hands of Palestinians. Of the 3,480, a total 782 were children and 338 were women. "Aside from everything else," said cartoonist and author Eli Valley, "the apt comparison would be to Trump's ideological compatriots in the Israeli government who spew racist, dehumanizing, anti-Arab invective that reverberates throughout a society upheld by state-sanctioned violence." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regularly relies on demonization of the Palestinians for political gain and has touted Israel's southern wall as the only thing stopping "severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa." Sunday's remarks from Tapper came in for criticism on social media as activists and observers noted the connection between the president's bigotry and Tapper's Islamophobia. "This is the height of unethical journalism Jake Tapper—you invoke Palestinians and Arabs as a comparison to white nationalist violence in the US?" said AJ+'s Saeed. "This is blatant anti-Arab bigotry and Islamophobia. CNN needs to take action." Writer Derek Davidson said that Tapper's pretenses of objectivity made the CNN anchor's comments even worse. "Tapper is the worst person on cable news," said Davidson. "At least the Fox crowd doesn't fake objectivity." Nima Shirazi, one of the hosts of the podcast Citations Needed, which targets media lies and propaganda, tweeted that he and his co-host had let things slip on Tapper of late. "I am sorry to admit that Adam Johnson and I have been insufficiently hard on Jake Tapper to date," said Shirazi. "This guy is primordial scum."
    'Height of Unethical Journalism,' Say Critics, After CNN's Jake Tapper Uses Racist El Paso Shooter to Attack Palestinians
    "Tapper is the worst person on cable news. At least the Fox crowd doesn't fake objectivity."
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  • Because 'The House Is on Fire,' Naomi Klein Takes Centrism-Obsessed Media to Task for Failed Climate Coverage
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/01/because-house-fire-naomi-klein-takes-centrism-obsessed-media-task-failed-climate
    Eoin Higgins, staff writer

    News coverage of the climate crisis can no longer rely on the false pretense of objectivity, writer and activist Naomi Klein said Tuesday.

    "There is a confirmation bias among the largest chunk of journalists out there who really pride themselves on being centrists," Klein said Tuesday during a town hall at the Columbia Journalism School in New York.

    "There's an absolute fetish for centrism, for seriousness defined by splitting the difference—and not getting too excited about anything"

    The mainstream media is "profoundly distrustful of people who are saying 'actually, the house is on fire,'" Klein said, citing the impulse among many journalists to remain objective and hear both sides.

    "But guess what," said Klein. "The house is on fire."

    The journalism school's publication, The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), is joining with The Nation to launch an initiative, #CoveringClimateNow, to change coverage of the climate crisis.

    In an essay describing the initiative from April 22, Mark Hertsgaard, environmental correspondent for The Nation, and Kyle Pope, the publisher of CJR, described how they see the journalist's job in the climate crisis as one of sounding the alarm.

    "Instead of sleepwalking us toward disaster, the U.S. news media need to remember their Paul Revere responsibilities," wrote Hertsgaard and Pope, "to awaken, inform, and rouse the people to action."

    Part of that mission, Klein said, is pushing back on conventional wisdom about the role of extractive technologies in furthering neoliberal economic development.

    "You can't leave it all to the markets," Klein said, laying out a vision of the future that leaves neoliberalism behind.

    "You have to plan," Klein added. "You have to regulate."

    Further, said Klein, the entire project of neoliberalism "falls apart" if the climate crisis is reality.

    Watch Klein's comments: https://youtu.be/fzDlqMA9iu8
    Because 'The House Is on Fire,' Naomi Klein Takes Centrism-Obsessed Media to Task for Failed Climate Coverage https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/01/because-house-fire-naomi-klein-takes-centrism-obsessed-media-task-failed-climate Eoin Higgins, staff writer News coverage of the climate crisis can no longer rely on the false pretense of objectivity, writer and activist Naomi Klein said Tuesday. "There is a confirmation bias among the largest chunk of journalists out there who really pride themselves on being centrists," Klein said Tuesday during a town hall at the Columbia Journalism School in New York. "There's an absolute fetish for centrism, for seriousness defined by splitting the difference—and not getting too excited about anything" The mainstream media is "profoundly distrustful of people who are saying 'actually, the house is on fire,'" Klein said, citing the impulse among many journalists to remain objective and hear both sides. "But guess what," said Klein. "The house is on fire." The journalism school's publication, The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), is joining with The Nation to launch an initiative, #CoveringClimateNow, to change coverage of the climate crisis. In an essay describing the initiative from April 22, Mark Hertsgaard, environmental correspondent for The Nation, and Kyle Pope, the publisher of CJR, described how they see the journalist's job in the climate crisis as one of sounding the alarm. "Instead of sleepwalking us toward disaster, the U.S. news media need to remember their Paul Revere responsibilities," wrote Hertsgaard and Pope, "to awaken, inform, and rouse the people to action." Part of that mission, Klein said, is pushing back on conventional wisdom about the role of extractive technologies in furthering neoliberal economic development. "You can't leave it all to the markets," Klein said, laying out a vision of the future that leaves neoliberalism behind. "You have to plan," Klein added. "You have to regulate." Further, said Klein, the entire project of neoliberalism "falls apart" if the climate crisis is reality. Watch Klein's comments: https://youtu.be/fzDlqMA9iu8
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