Thursday, April 04, 2013

Reuters Illustrates How Not To Report

Here's Reuters:

Israel launches air strikes on Gaza; first since truce
By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA | Tue Apr 2, 2013 7:59pm EDT

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the first such attacks since an eight-day war in November, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls the territory, and Israel's military said.

"Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded," a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said.

The strikes threatened to end an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a truce that has kept the frontier relatively quiet since November, when some 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed in a brief cross-border war.

A statement from Israel's military said Israeli aircraft targeted "two extensive terror sites in the Northern Gaza Strip," in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave at Israel.

Earlier on Tuesday, the military said Palestinians launched three rockets at Israel. Two landed in Gaza and one hit an open area in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.

Only in the fourth paragraph, almost 100 words into the story, does the fact that this was in reaction to earlier attacks become apparent.

That is not the journalistically professional method of writing and reporting.


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