‘Inflaming the Arab World’

The New York Times today,reporting the shelling of a U.N. school that killed dozens of civilians, offered a typical formulation:

With another day of gory news reports inflaming the Arab world….

What should TV reporting of a civlian massacre look like, exactly? And are other news reports ever held to this standard? Was U.S. media reporting on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks ever referred to as an attempt to “inflame” the U.S. public?

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.