The Unexpectedly Chronicles Strange Framing on Israel & Oregon

This morning Twitchy featured this tweet from Jake Tapper:

His confusion comes from this story:

Four Israelis were injured, two of them critically, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City Saturday evening.

A mother and father in their 40s and a two-year-old boy were among the victims. The parents were stabbed and the baby was lightly hurt in the leg.

Police said the attacker, who was shot and killed by security forces, may have grabbed a firearm the father was carrying but it was not clear if he managed to fire it.

That certainly puts a different face on the story doesn’t it.

Al Jazeera was not alone in their spin as evidenced by this:

The head of Israel’s Government Press Office issued a warning to the BBC Saturday evening, following its eyebrow-raising initial coverage of the deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem last night which killed two people and injured three others, including a toddler. The terrorist murdered 21-year-old Aharon Banita-Bennett and wounded his wife and two-year-old child, along with another person, and murdered 41-year-old father of seven, Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, as he attempted to save them.. The terrorist attacker – a 19-year-old college student and Islamic Jihad member – then stole Lavi’s gun and opened fire on police, who responded by fatally shooting him. But to the shock and anger of many readers – who took to social media to vent their outrage – the BBC’s initial headline read: “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two”.

An apology was forthcoming:

Al Jazeera english on Sunday said it regretted “the wording of a tweet posted regarding an attack in Jerusalem” after receiving a wave of criticism from their audience.

They apparently forgot that unlike their arabic reading customers English readers have other sources of info but at least unlike the BBC who quietly changed their headline they said something. The Palestinian authority isn’t going to stand by and let innocent terrorists be shot down just for killing Jews.

In a written communique published on the official news agency Wafa, PA government spokesman Ihab Bseiso called on the international community to intervene following “the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and the series of incursions into cities and villages in the West Bank.” The statement made no mention of the fact that the two dead Palestinians had been killed while carrying out stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians.

Yeah how dare to evil Israeli security forces kill those poor arab youths just for the crime of killing jews. Jake Tapper thought it was “strange framing” but if you are trying to paint Jews as the villains and paint palestinians are victims it’s not odd framing at all.  It would be like a headline out of Oregon saying.  Black youth shot at community college, ten others also dead. I use that as an example because there over at Mr. Tapper’s network there is a bit of “strange framing” going on as well starting with this picture of the killer:

At the Conservative Treehouse they’ve been talking about it:

Summary:  The immediate on-line web history of Chris Harper-Mercer showed him to be a mixed-race, angry young man in general alignment with various radical racially aligned groups such as Black Lives Matter, Fuck The Police and Fuck Yo Flag – all of which carry a sentiment of favorability and ideological alignment with Islam which was similarly evident in the Ferguson protest movement.

[ Against this backdrop shooting “White” “Christians” makes sense. ]

Ann Althouse noticed Race suddenly disappeared from part of the story:

Harper-Mercer was discharged from the Army 5 weeks into basic training for failing to meet “minimum administrative standards.”

Harper-Mercer was born in the United Kingdom, stepsister Carmen Nesnick told CBS Los Angeles, moving to the United States when he was very young. He grew up in the Torrance area. His parents, Ian Bernard Mercer and Laurel Margaret Harper, divorced in 2006.

Note the erasure of the racial element. As The Daily Beast reported: Harper’s father is white and his mother black.

That’s because as Ed Driscoll noted at Instapundit there is a narrative to be had

MEDIA NARRATIVE: HALF-BLACK OREGON KILLER IS A “WHITE SUPREMACIST:” “One slight problem. Mercer identified as multi-racial. His mother was black. He doesn’t seem to have even known his father. He identified with black TV killer Vester Lee Flanagan. This doesn’t seem to have stopped the media with George Zimmerman who was labeled a white Hispanic, so maybe Chris Harper Mercer was a white Black? Was he a Half-White Supremacist?”

Thus we see CNN’s “white washing” the killer literally, conservative Treehouse again:

Perhaps the answer lies within the response to the shooting from the White House where President Obama took quickly to the microphones to decry another school shooting without fully understanding the motive and intent.

Mercer’s possible motive and intent would now represent a political embarrassment against the backdrop of Obama’s speech if it aligns with something other than needed.

 

I wish I could say all of this was “strange framing” but after 5 years of following the MSM I don’t find it strange at all.