Ynet News Gets the Stockholm Story Almost Right


Even Ynet News, using the two bad news sources about our Stockholm rally that I previously fisked here, managed to get the subhead of their story almost right:

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Violence erupts at anti-Islam protest in Sweden Ynet News August 5

Some 400 leftists try to attack anti-Islam demonstration in Stockholm with bottles, fireworks; 10 arrested

Ynet News, unlike AP and Reuters, makes it clear up front that the thugs weren't "Swedish activists," as AP ludicrously called them, but violent leftists bent on injuring the freedom fighters who attended our rally. The only problem with Ynet's subhead is the characterization of our rally as "anti-Islam" — news agencies generally tend to characterize enemies of freedom in positive terms, and defenders of freedom in negative terms. It is apparently forbidden for them to call our rally a "pro-free speech" or "pro-equality of rights" rally. That would interfere with their imperative to defame us. It seems to me that by calling us "anti-Islam," they're the ones who are painting all Muslims with a broad brush. We certainly know that all Muslims are not jihadists, and we know that many Muslims want to escape Sharia, because we help them get to safe houses. So it is the media here that is guilty of "Islamophobia."

Also problematic is Ynet's picture (and its caption using the word "activists"): shiny happy bottle- and firecracker-throwing, obscenity-screaming killers.

תוקעים בוובוזלות בשטוקהולם, אתמול (צילום: AFP)

Activists used vuvuzelas (Photo: AFP) 

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