The Los Angeles Times has outflanked CNN as the mainstream Western media which has adopted the most fantastical, most journalistically-challenged conclusion about the unsolved fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Facing a shortage of objective evidence, CNN’s farcical “investigation” relied on the feelings of biased eyewitnesses to outrageously conclude that Israeli troops deliberately shot to death the Palestinian-American journalist during a Jenin gunbattle last month.
Relying on nothing at all, The Los Angeles Times has concluded — and thus far failed to correct — the even more unhinged and unfounded libel that the Israeli government played a role in Abu Akleh’s killing, akin to the Saudi monarchy’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Thus, in a report about President Biden’s appearance at the Summit of the Americas, Times reporters Tracy Wilkinson and Courtney Subramanian plunged into new depths of conspiracy, stating (“Free press, women’s empowerment key issues as summit moves into full throttle“):
In one case, a well-known Palestinian journalist was shot and killed during an Israeli raid on a West Bank city; the case has not been resolved, but some Palestinians blame Israel for the killing.
In the other case, a prominent Saudi journalist and U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, and U.S. intelligence officials believe Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the killing. (Emphasis added.)
CAMERA last week contacted senior Times editors pointing out that — as their own reporters acknowledge — Abu Akleh’s case has not been solved. So long as the Palestinian government continues to refuse to relinquish the bullet for ballistic analysis, it cannot even be established with an Israeli soldier or a Palestinian gunman fired the fatal shot. Given that the case is not resolved, on what basis does The Times impugn the Israeli government?
No words. The @latimes actually reports that the *Israeli government* was “involved” in killing of Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh à la Khashoggi. Even as it acknowledges in very next paragraph “the case has not been resolved” @TracyKWilkinson @cmsub (1/2) https://t.co/FQGl02dd3v pic.twitter.com/mhefrD6uUy
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) June 15, 2022
The Times has failed to retract the libelous and completely baseless accusation, suggesting the paper’s drift into full throttle conspiracy.
Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken, completing a round of speeches, addressed a symposium for student journalists to defend press freedoms. But he quickly found himself battling back difficult questions, like why he U.S. deals with governments that allegedly kill journalists while condemning others.