Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lies by Mispunctuation

It doesn't take much to debunk Prof. Abukhalil's misinformation service.

Here he quotes from a NYT article, preceding the quote with highly directional headline:

Can you imagine the world reaction if Palestinians were to shoot and kill at Israelis that they suspect of "being militants"?

"Israeli security forces shot and killed three people suspected of being militants in a West Bank raid".
All you need is to click on the link he provides to find out what that suspiciously suspicious word "suspected" entails in the real world of facts and records and reasonable actions. What you find is that he cuts his quote in mid sentence at exactly the point where an explanation of what "suspected" means:

on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and the police said. The Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said troops opened fire on two militants in their vehicle, which was found carrying explosive devices and two guns. The military said a third militant was killed in a gunfight with Israeli forces. The military said the militants were linked to a violent Islamist movement known as the Salafi Jihadis, which draws inspiration from Al Qaeda.
Quite a different story emerges, doesn't it?

What do you call this type of creative editing?


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