Pocketbook Jihad — The Business Of Reporting Terrorism

Confederate Yankee wonders why the world media, which have ready access to figures that indicate that possibly more than a third of Hezbollah’s fighters died in the recent conflict with Israel, refuse to report it and instead focus almost exclusively on Lebanese civilian casualties. He thinks the reason is “business.”

If it “bleeds it leads,” but only if what leads sells advertising. News consumers around the world consume the news that more closely matches their perceptions of how reality should be, and stories critical of Hezbollah, stories that show their failures and deaths, don’t sell in world population featuring 1.3 billion Muslims that hope for Israel’s demise, or at the very best are indifferent to their fate. It is anti-Semitism by cashflow, a pocketbook jihad that buys the media’s silence.

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