How does journalism work? An example:
I am sure they teach this in journalism schools because all journalists involved knew exactly what to do and all of them did the same.
1. An American Jew visits Israel and is beaten and stabbed by an Arab mob in front of a petrol station.
2. An Israeli solder saves the American and ultimately happens to stand behind the bleeding man.
3. Journalists take a picture of the bleeding man and the soldier.
4. Journalists publish the picture and add the caption "An Israeli police man and a Palestinian on Temple Mount".
5. The American's father sends a letter and clarifies that the bleeding man is his son and not a "Palestinian" and also that there are no petrol stations (visible on the photo) on the Temple Mount.
6. Journalists admit their mistake. Apparently the journalists who took the picture weren't aware of the fact that they were not on the Temple Mount and it never occured to them not to make up an identity for the man or to report what had transpired before they took the picture.
I cannot comprehend how so many journalists could all make the same mistake at the same time with the same picture.
I understand the freedom of the press puts upon journalists an obligation to report the truth. But for some reason the journalists involved here didn't even consider that option before they made up a caption for the picture.
Call it a campaign against free speech but I do believe that people who lie and incite in a situation where lies and incitments can lead to war and death should go to prison.