Monday, April 11, 2011

What Reuters doesn't want you to know

RMEW calls attention to the frequent errors, bias, and overt propaganda devices in regular use by Reuters correspondents in their reporting on the Middle East conflict.  A particularly insidious propaganda ploy, not plainly visible, is known in media studies as card stacking or selective omission.  Here, the propagandist deliberately omits essential information or context necessary for the audience to fully understand the story and draw a considered conclusion as to what has occurred and why.

In many cases, Reuters omits coverage of an important story entirely because it does not fit the agency's political agenda.  This is primarily due to a decision taken by the managing editor at the bureau who, with his or her power to dictate what is published, controls the flow of information and is referred to in media studies as the gatekeeper.  (The current Editor-in-Charge at Reuters Jerusalem Bureau is Jeffrey Heller and the current Bureau Chief is Crispian Balmer).

One such example of the above was Reuters failure to report on the story of a Facebook page, with 350,000 supporters, calling on Palestinians to take up arms against Israel and for genocide of the Jews.  Both the Associated Press and AFP covered the story.

We highlight many of these stories in our right-hand column, "Reuters Censoring", and provide links to alternative sources which report rather than suppress the news.  Have a look to see what Reuters would prefer you not know.

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