The NewsHour invited Anthony Cordesman to consider possible policy options for "both sides" in the Israel/Gaza conflict. The problem is that Cordesman is on the record as advocating the option of brutality against Palestinian civilians.
Coverage of the violence between Israel and Palestine often reduces the conflict to a "cycle of violence" that periodically flares up (FAIR Action Alert, 6/30/06; FAIR Blog, 12/19/08). The same is true now, with corporate media embracing the narrative that Israel’s attacks against Palestine are "retaliations," implying that it is solely the fault of Palestinians for provoking and initiating the deadly attacks on Gaza (FAIR Blog, 7/2/14). But determining when such a "cycle" begins is a political act. The current conflict is usually traced back to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank (CNN, 7/7/14). […]
This week: ABC talks about a "raging debate" over Edward Snowden. They must mean the one that's not on their show. Plus: The New York Times takes a long time to correct a story about Palestinian teen's imaginary brass knuckles, and ABC's Jonathan Karl has the wrong response to Marco Rubio's climate nonsense. Watch: