Israel "has a moral obligation to protect its citizens from terrorist aggression."
Ignored, of course, are facts on the ground. Palestinians are victims, not aggressors. Self-defense when attacked is inviolable. Editorial writers know but won't say. They defend the indefensible.
On November 16, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting's ( FAIR ) Peter Hart headlined "Who Started Gaza Conflict? Well, the US Says"."
CNN's Fred Pleitgen's embarrassed himself saying:
On the one hand, it' "almost obsolete is to try to lay blame on anyone or to say who actually started any of this."
At the same time, "the United States is saying that all of this is square on the shoulders of Hamas, because of the escalations that have been happening from Gaza, especially the rocket attacks, but also attacks with anti-tank weapons on Israeli patrols in the past couple of weeks that have been ratcheted up."
In other words, what Washington says is right. Government spokesmen say the same things. Journalists are supposed to report, not regurgitate official policy positions.
Scoundrel print and broadcast ones dutifully support political Washington. They support Israel the same way.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria said Israel is "justified in doing something when all these rockets are being fired at them. So there's no question that it's justified."
There are plenty, but Zakaria avoids asking tough ones. Rockets were launched in response to repeated Israeli attacks and incursions.
On November 8, the current conflict began. Israel maliciously killed a 12-year old boy. He threatened no one.
Gaza's Popular Resistance Committees responded with what they called a "revenge invoice."
On January 4, 2009, Zakaria devoted his entire CNN program to Cast Lead. Israel attacked provocatively and preemptively. Doing so was naked aggression.
Nonetheless, his opening comments set the tone, saying: