NYT (Barely) Covers White Phosphorous in Gaza

Those who might expect the Paper of Record to ignore or bury stories about Israel using the incendiary white phosphorous in its attack on Gaza can point to yesterday’s paper (1/11/09), where the following sentence appears at the very bottom of one piece:

Human rights groups are also concerned about the Israeli use of white phosphorous, which creates smoke on a battlefield, at low altitudes or crowded areas, because it can burn like a kind of napalm.

U.S. corporate media have shown some difficulty in grappling with the issue of incendiary weapons; see Extra!: “Now It’s a Chemical Weapon, Now It’s Not” (3-4/06) by Seth Ackerman.

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