In politics an accident is when a politician accidentally speaks the truth. Finnish reporterette Aishi Zidan had one such accident, via William A. Jacoboson, Legal Insurrection:
Don’t use me as your propaganda weapon
I spent a night at the Shifa hospital in Gaza two weeks ago. I was covering the situation in Gaza for my newspaper.
My story was about the Palestinian civilians who were victims of war. My article started with a story of four little boys who were killed on the beach the same day. They were playing on the beach when Israeli army hit them without any clear reason or warning. I interviewed a boy who survived from the attack. The Shifa hospital was full of women and children who were victims of this ugly war. I described their stories in detail.
During the night someone launched a rocket somewhere behind the hospital. Now this sentence from my article is spreading in the pro-Israeli medias. I mentioned this in my article because I’m a professional journalist. I try to cover the events truthfully as I see them and I strongly condemn these kind of actions.
But I find it very disgusting how this one sentence was taken out context to be used as an excuse to target civilians in Gaza. My story became quickly a tool of propaganda. The people sharing this story are not even trying to understand the situation as a whole. They are just looking for excuses to Israeli actions in Gaza.
I refuse to be part of this kind of propaganda.
Zidan wrote that Palestinians were lauching rockets into Israel from the vicinity of a hospital. She does not deny the truth of what she reported. A denial would be hard, her report is on video tape. Rather Zidan is made because the facts are she reported them were used for different political, propaganda, purposes as she intended. Alas, while Zidan pretends to be a reporter, of facts, she has the sensitivity of commentator, a spinner of facts. She what is she, reporter or commentator?