CBC News Report Presents Apocalyptic Version Of Gaza, Playing Fast & Loose With The Facts

June 26, 2024

A June 22 news report broadcast by CBC’s flagship program The National, presented an apocalyptic version of Gaza and its medical system that was almost entirely void of critical context and details.

In the report entitled: “Medical care becoming impossible in Gaza,” foreign correspondent Margaret Evans created a dystopian image of Gaza, telling viewers about sick children in the territory who are unable to leave to find medical care as a result of the war.

Quoting interviewees, Evans made reference to the alleged “lack of aid reaching Gaza” as being the culprit behind the suffering shown in her report.

At no time did Evans ever provide any meaningful context to viewers about the huge amounts of humanitarian aid that is regularly entering Gaza, hundreds of trucks full every single day.

By omitting this critical information, viewers were left with the incredibly false image that Israel has all but cut off aid to the coastal territory, when the exact opposite is the case.

Only three people were interviewed in the report: A Gazan woman whose son is suffering from a rare disease, a doctor in Gaza who made the highly misleading accusation of a lack of aid into Gaza, and a spokesperson for UNICEF.

The UNICEF spokesperson, Jonathan Crickx, stated that “a ceasefire that will allow immediate humanitarian aid in is the only and best solution,” Evans reported, once again providing only one highly skewed narrative to be presented to viewers.

Crickx, whose social media account is filled with dystopian images of Gaza – including now-debunked accusations of imminent famine – would do well to note that the UNRWA, another United Nations agency, has been comically inept at distributing aid into Gaza, creating a situation where thousands of pallets of food aid are waiting to be distributed, but which has already been sent in by Israel. Unsurprisingly, Evans did not report on the United Nations’ incompetence in her broadcast.

Evans shared none of these details with the public, presenting only one highly sanitized version of events: one where Israel stops aid, where the United Nations is a credible source, and where Hamas, it seems, doesn’t exist at all.

In fact, Hamas – the Islamic terrorist group which launched the current war and every day perpetuates it by continuing to hold nearly 120 Israelis hostage – does not get mentioned a single time, as if it is entirely irrelevant to the equation.

But Hamas is a central player, and in fact is the central player. Not only can Hamas end the war in an instant if it so desired, but has deliberately created an artificial shortage in Gaza, a fact which Evans similarly wholly ignored.

At one point, Evan said that the difficulty in getting Gazans out of the territory for medical aid has been made more difficult “since Israel took over the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.” Once again, Evans did not report that it is Egypt which is refusing to open the border crossing for political reasons. But it is Israel, not Egypt, which bears the full brunt of Evans’ ire.

Evans’ report is not just enormously lopsided; it presented a skewed version of events so detached from the truth that it bordered on fiction.

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