May 1 1994

How America’s Leading Paper Covered a Massacre

In the wake of an atrocity, news reports usually have a major focus on the victims of the crime. Reporters talk to the families of the dead, sympathizing with their mourning and asking them for details about the lives of those who were lost. Photographs of those who have died and the bereaved put a human face on the tragedy. This kind of humanizing coverage, which helps readers understand emotionally what loss of life means, was absent from most news accounts of the massacre of 48 Palestinians at the Hebron mosque. To document this absence, FAIR analyzed coverage of the […]