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If the terrorist shoe fits …

Russ Jones   ( Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Many pro-Israel supporters are outraged with the biased reporting by American mainstream media about attacks in the Middle East.

According to a new op-ed from the Media Research Center's (MRC) Culture and Media Institute, the three major networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- are refusing to call Hamas' relentless rocket attack on Israel a "terrorist" attack. Likewise, in 61 percent (eight out of 13) of the stories from 2012, the three networks avoided calling Hamas -- a known terrorist organization -- by its proper title.

Gainor, Dan (MRC)Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the MRC, reveals that the media instead uses the terms like "militants" or "militant Islamic leaders" to identify the terrorist organization.

"I've been furious about the Israel coverage," he admits. "We have Hamas, which is a terrorist organization, running a terrorist state in Gaza, acknowledged by our own government -- by the Obama administration -- as a terrorist organization. [And it] been listed by our State Department for 15 years as a terrorist organization, yet not one of the broadcast networks will call them a terrorist organization."

Since Israel stopped being an underdog, Gainor believes the media has changed its reporting perspective.

"[Israel] decided they didn't want to die, so they had to have a strong military," he offers. "And I think the left felt really betrayed by Israel's unwillingness to die. And so every time Israel wins a battle, it loses more lefty support."

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, was declared a "foreign terrorist organization" more than 15 years ago by the United States government.

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