Misleading headline of the day: “Rockets hit Lebanon despite cease-fire”

posted at 11:48 pm on August 14, 2006 by Bryan

It’s AP, not al-Reuters, but it just confuses everything. Read the headline again:

Rockets hit Lebanon despite cease-fire

What impression does that leave in your mind? That the rockets hitting Lebanon came from somewhere other than Lebanon, right? Which would be Israel. So the head implies that Israel has violated the cease-fire by firing rockets into Lebanon. That’s how I read it.

But that ain’t what happened.

Highlighting the fragility of the peace, Hezbollah guerrillas fired at least 10 Katyusha rockets that landed in southern Lebanon early Tuesday, the Israeli army said, adding that nobody was injured. The army said that none of the rockets, which were fired over a two-hour period, had crossed the border and so it had not responded.

In spite of the misleading headline, it’s Hezbollah firing the rockets. And apparently those rockets, fired in spite of the cease-fire by Hezbollah, didn’t reach Israel. They fell into Lebanon. That’s why they “hit Lebanon.” Last week, they would have hit Israel. And the AP would probably have downplayed that.

The rockets hitting Lebanon despite being launched in Lebanon means, whatever the turbaned mafia don Nasrallah might say, his boys have apparently been pushed far enough north that their rockets can’t reach Israel anymore. Or they’re just firing the short-range junk even though Nasrallah promised to hit Tel Aviv if the IDF hit Beirut. Which the IDF did, while Nasrallah never made good on his threat to hit Tel Aviv.

Even in a post-modern war, that’s a win for Israel. But you won’t get that from the AP’s misleading headline.

(h/t 7 Deadly Sins)

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I think even the media accepts this stupid double standard so they don’t hide it, they just show it off anyway. Yeah rockets are falling on those damned Jews but who care? Even if they agreed to the cease fire they still deserve it anyway

Defector01 on August 14, 2006 at 11:53 PM

Well, well, well.

Looks like the Hezbos need another spanking, PM Olmert.

Screw the UN. Hunt them down and kill them for the diseased ridden dogs that they are.


GT on August 15, 2006 at 12:17 AM

Even in a post-modern war, that’s a win for Israel. But you won’t get that from the AP’s misleading headline.

It also makes Israel look disciplined and the Hezbos out of control, in spite of the U.N.’s unanimous approval…

Allah, thanks for addressing an erroneous headline. They abound daily. The obvious ones need to be called on.

Entelechy on August 15, 2006 at 1:03 AM

Bryan, so sorry, sincerely. I just now noticed that you did all this good work. My very same compliments!

Entelechy on August 15, 2006 at 1:05 AM

Our drive-by leftstream alphabet medias realize that most people read headlines and skip the bulk of the story. So, they use misleading headlines and often the biginning of the story is as well. Only towards the end will a hint of truth be revealed. And, that is a definite maybe.

I lost all faith in the everyday media long ago to ever present whole truth. In their modern leftist view, they present their version of the truth.

LewWaters on August 15, 2006 at 1:11 AM

h/t 7 Deadly Sins? How about your own blog?

The Unabrewer on August 15, 2006 at 1:41 AM

Of course it was intentional. I covered this story earlier today. That’s why I call them the Enemy Press.

ScottG on August 15, 2006 at 2:12 AM

Reminds me vaugely of a Russian joke: Brezhnev challenges then-president Carter to a foot race. The young American president finishes well ahead of the ailing Brezhnev, who crawls over the finish line hours later…

Next morning’s TASS comminuque: “Comrade Brezhnev gains second place, Carter comes in second-to-last…”

RD on August 15, 2006 at 2:38 AM

Er, that’s “communique”, comrades…

RD on August 15, 2006 at 2:39 AM

The misleading headline should not come as a shock…it is to be expected.

the fact that the missiles landed in Lebanon could mean that hezbolah was driven back beyond effective range.

robo on August 15, 2006 at 8:45 AM

Quality control in the media seems to be at an all time low… Does it still exist?

High Desert Wanderer on August 15, 2006 at 9:13 AM

the headline is not erroneous, it’s just not complete. i saw Shep’s report last night on fox news about this and he made it clear several times that it was Hezbollah firing the rockets. he also made it very clear that Hezbollah would NOT let his crew film certain parts of south Beirut. He also said that Hezbollah was walking around with automatic weapons – so much for disarming…

pullingmyhairout on August 15, 2006 at 9:32 AM

Too much press makes for too much competition and hunger for sensationalism. In the press, yelling “fire” in a crowded theater is an everyday standard.

Shmo on August 15, 2006 at 10:04 AM

The Lebanon/Hezbollah tag team has also announced they achieved victory over the Israelis. This announcement coming as they lob in a few more unguided missiles into territories captured by Israel during the invasion.

Gee, that’s odd. Hezbollah won, but Israel is leaving behind captured territories. What territory did Hezbollah capture while hiding behind women and children in Northern Lebanon?

The next time the Israelis invade, and it won’t be long given the UN’s lame and unenforceable cease fire agreement, there will be little doubt who the winner is.

When will the world community learn that these islamo-fascists are emboldened by any sign of weakness? I fear we are watching history repeat itself, the parallels are uncanny.

fogw on August 15, 2006 at 10:17 AM

Typical liberal media spin. Liberals are liars, as well as losers.

NRA4Freedom on August 15, 2006 at 10:27 AM

This is a brief pause in hostilities that will soon errupt because hizb’allah and the islamic world simply cannot help itself. They’re ramping up, stoking themselves for the battle just ahead.

The flood of Lebanese coming back in so quickly are nothing more than human shields to make any response by Israel that much more of a propaganda opportunity when they respond to the inevitable ceasefire violation.

The sobering fact is that until we drop the pretense of fighting using ‘civilized’ warfare and instead fight to win while ignoring the whining of the ‘world’, the enemy has the upper hand.

The mightiest nations on the planet hobbled by standards of decency that the enemy has absolutely no intention of following. It is now a weakness we can no longer afford.

The longer we allow this, the more people, ‘innocent’ and otherwise, will have to eventually die. The enemy is telling us straight out, that anything less than an utter defeat will henceforth be regarded as a ‘great victory’.

This has to stop.

Sorry for the long rant.

techno_barbarian on August 15, 2006 at 10:30 AM

Yesterday morning I heard an ABC News reporter on the radio mention the death toll during the conflict as “… Israeli, over 700 Lebanese civilians“. Every report talks about inanimate objects causing damage to Israel and/or IDF, but Israel killing civilians or blowing up residences, roads, bridges, hospitals, mosques, or other civilian infrastructure.

Then there’s the “Schrödinger’s Lebanese”: Because Hezbos don’t wear uniforms, so long as they are alive, uninjured, and free, they are neither civilian nor combatant, but instead a wave function. Firing Katyushas or longer-range Iranian missiles doesn’t collapse the wave function. Only being killed, wounded, or captured, in a manner that can be identified as Israeli action, allows us to know that they are innocent civilians.

The Monster on August 15, 2006 at 10:41 AM

It’s all about the asinine concept of proportional response, which the Isrealis should never have paid attention to and will pay a price for later.

Not much in the way of proportional response in Hiroshima and Nagisaki for Pearl Harbor; it was just necessary to end the war once and for all.

I’ll bet Michelle could do a nice parody piece on the ‘proportional response’ people through the history of warfare.

Mike O on August 15, 2006 at 10:47 AM

Seeing the headline confused me for about two seconds before I realized that they must’ve been Hezbollah rockets. How to tell? Simple: it’s a variation of the way that liberal media cover political scandal/corruption stories … i.e., if it’s a Republican in trouble, they’ll mention “Republican” prominently; if it’s a donk, they won’t mention the party affiliation.

Similarly, you can safely bet that if it were Israeli rockets landing in Lebanon, the lib media would make a point of saying so. Ergo, the absence of the term “Israeli” in connection with “rockets” automatically means that the bad guys must’ve fired them. Didn’t even have to read the story to figure it out.

Spurius Ligustinus on August 15, 2006 at 11:36 AM

RD, thanks for sharing the USSR-headline joke. Having lived under the sphere of that system (in another country) we had plenty of jokes in our repertoire. Here one of my all time favorites:

Leonid Brežnev walks over the red square to go to work and sees the sun shining in a friendly way upon him. He says “good morning sun”. “Good morning comrade Brežnev, I hope you have a nice day today”. In the afternoon, he walks out of the office “Good afternoon sun”. The sun ignores him. “What happened to you today, you were so friendly this morning?”. “You can kiss my a-s now, I’m in the West”.

Entelechy on August 15, 2006 at 12:02 PM


RD on August 15, 2006 at 2:39 PM

… anything less than an utter defeat will henceforth be regarded as a ‘great victory’.

The same crud is spewed by the Liberal Party. Another terrorist link? ;o)

DannoJyd on August 15, 2006 at 5:22 PM