HRC Subscriber Published In The Whitehorse Star: Provide An Accurate Portrayal Of The Context!

May 1, 2024

On April 20, HRC subscriber Andrew Skelton was published in The Whitehorse Star, after HonestReporting Canada published an alert to an op-ed by Gwynne Dyer on April 10, where Dyer condemned Israel’s recent air strike against a group of senior Iranian commanders in Syria, labeling it a “major escalation” for “no apparent reason.”

Skelton rebutted Dyer’s false allegations, stating that his article was a one-sided thesis with cherry-picked half-truths that suit the thesis, and any reporting should include an accurate portrayal of the context and a challenge to any allegations made without supporting evidence.


Provide An Accurate Portrayal Of The Context!

The April 10 column by Gwynne Dyer, “Why Israel is risking a bigger war”, criticized the recent Israeli air strike on a building in Damascus which killed a number of high-ranking Iranian military officials.

It condemned the strike as a “major escalation in the decades-long confrontation between Israel and Iran, for no apparent reason.”

The column claimed the strike was made only to help Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political fortunes.

Were the targets not strategic ones?

Did those killed not include Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps?

Did Zahedi not oversee the Iranian regime’s terrorist proxy groups, including Hamas?

Does not the Iranian funding, training and arming of Islamic terrorist groups on Israel’s borders present a danger to the Jewish state?

Media coverage that merely passes on talking points that are already on the public agenda, only defines a political “side” but does not convince anyone one way or the other, and harmfully enflames emotions.

The false narrative … that the problem is Israel’s self-defence against enemies committed to its total destruction, that genocide is being conducted solely by Israel and not by Hamas, and that the solution would be a cease-fire … enables Hamas to continue its manipulation of public opinion on the world stage and to continue its brutal control over Gaza.

Public comment on the situation in Gaza and the West Bank might better be an attempt to find resolution and reconciliation (here, as well as over there), rather than a one-sided thesis with cherry-picked half-truths that suit the thesis.

And reporting on events (here, as well as over there) should include an accurate portrayal of the context and a challenge to any allegations made without supporting evidence.

Andrew Skelton
Winnipeg

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