CNN "Developing Story" Issues
There has been lot of consternation over a CNN banner following the murder of three Americans and one Briton in a synagogue yesterday: "Developing Story-Police shot, killed two Palestinians."
People were indignant - the main story was the murders of the rabbis and not the apprehension of the terrorists who where responsible for the murders. The social media was aflame with accusations that CNN was prejudiced against Israel. Tempers among Israel supporters were high - and matters were not helped by the fact that this incident came on the heals of another banner which mislabeled the attack as taking place on a "mosque."
The first banner was lifted directly from a pool reporter. The reporter was either ignorant, confusing mosques and synagogues, and certainly under a good deal pressure to get the story out. That's not an excuse, but it is an explanation. Nevertheless, the editors CNN should have spotted the mistake before televising it.
Anti-Semitism? No, incompetence. And perhaps a subliminal propensity to see Israel as the "perpetrator" in the Palestinians as the "victim."
And what about the second banner? The one that gave the impression that the main story was the killing of the two Palestinians? The banner said that the report was a "developing story." The editors assumed that viewers knew about the main story - the synagogue attack. They were providing follow-up details as the story unfolded. Was CNN correct in assuming that those who just turned on their TVs knew the context? Some viewers did, and others didn't.
Had CNN been around, one wonders if they would've reported the "Developing Story: Iceberg damaged by Titanic."