404 CNN Victim Blaming meme - ISIS Sotloff murder, by Yehuda Elmaliach

Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Ido Kenan

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CNN Victim Blaming Meme Follows Skewed Jerusalem Attack Coverage

A “CNN Victim Blaming” meme has emerged in light of CNN’s skewed coverage of the deadly terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue yesterday.

In its initial coverage of the Jerusalem terror attack, CNN failed to mention that the two Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli police were in fact were in fact responsible for a deadly attack on Jewish worshipers, which itself was wrongly described as being aimed at a mosque.

CNN's coverage od the Jerusalem terror attack

In his meme, Sam Baum Ran Adini showed a CNN 9/11 report saying that “8 Saudi men die in plane accidents”. Amir Schiby’s depiction of the attack on Pearl Harbor frames it as “12 Japanese pilots died in a crash”. Steven Sotloff’s murder by ISIS was described in Yehuda Elmaliach’s meme as “A knife was attacked by a man”.

CNN Victim Blaming meme -  9/11, by Ran Adini

CNN Victim Blaming meme - Pearl Harbor, by Amir Schiby

CNN Victim Blaming meme -  ISIS Sotloff murder, by Yehuda Elmaliach

Moshe Caspi turned to fairy tales, making Red Riding Hood the fugitive in a story of “Terrifying animal abuse by little child, last seen wearing red”. “Another Yemenite Kidnapped”, CNN fake-reports in Ofir Penso’s meme depicting slain Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir appearing in court, referring to the tender Yemenite Children Affair and Amir’s Yemenite origins. Raz Tsipris Godwinned the meme with a photo of Adolf Hitler and a faux-ticker that reads “WW2: Man commits suicide after US invades Germany”.

CNN Victim Blaming meme - Red Riding Hood, by Moshe Caspi

CNN Victim Blaming meme - Adolf Hitler, by Raz Tsipris

Ben Wedeman, who reported the story for CNN, responded to a critic on Twitter, saying “If it actually matters to you I DON’T write those headlines. Someone thousands of kilometers away does”. CNN issued a formal apology yesterday: “As CNN updated its reporting on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem earlier today, our coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers. We erred and regret the mistake”.


Published on JPost.com. The Jerusalem Post’s site, 19 Nov. 2014; This post in Hebrew


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