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Mainstream media outlets think Israeli and Jewish lives don’t matter

“Top Story” with Jonathan Tobin and guest Stella Escobedo, Ep. 126

A biased press, influenced by woke ideology and ignorant of the history and the facts of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, is not only providing terrible coverage of the post-Oct. 7 war against Hamas but fueling a surge of antisemitism.

That’s the conclusion of JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin. He is joined on the podcast this week by “One America News” network anchor Stella Inger Escobedo, who says that in her past work for network affiliates, she saw a new generation of journalists taking over newsrooms, casting aside any pretense of objectivity and distorting the language.

Escobedo, who immigrated to the United States as a Jewish child refugee from the former Soviet Union, says DEI has been destroying journalism, and the often-distorted coverage of the attacks on Israel and the war against Hamas is only making this the more apparent. The complete disregard for the truth is, she says, fueled by ignorance of the goals of Islamist terrorists. This applies not just to what is happening in the Middle East but also to the antisemitic demonstrations in which people are chanting for Israel’s destruction and genocide of Jews. Unprepared journalists are, she says, not asking the right questions because they remain as ignorant as the protesters.

“DEI considers Israel the white oppressors and the Palestinians as the brown and black people,” says Escobedo. “I mean, have you been to Israel? Do you know? Have you seen Ethiopian Jews? It’s mind-boggling. And then you have all of these celebrities now jumping on board who all of a sudden look at Israel as the white oppressor. It’s dangerous and it’s very scary, and the media plays a big role in shaping the way we think.”

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