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August 3rd, 2014
01:39 PM ET

#GazaUnderAttack, #IsraelUnderFire: how social media can change perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

In the video above, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, a staff writer for New York magazine, discusses his column "Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War."

"Palestinian civilians under Israeli attack" has been "the single consistent theme of the coverage throughout," he said, "because of social media, because we're able to get a less filtered view of what the conflict looks like from within Gaza, because there are more cameras there now."

He also remarked that "I think that Israel is perfectly happy to lose the media argument, so long as they win the military fight. And I think the imbalance in this whole conflict is that Hamas sees it exactly the other way. They're perfectly happy to lose the military fight, so long as they win the media argument."

    · Related: Red News/Blue News about the Middle East P.R. war

At the end of the segment, host Brian Stelter shared this:

Ben was talking about the images that we do see - but what about the images we don't see? I have seen a lot of questions online from you about why news reports from Gaza rarely, if ever, show Hamas militants firing rockets into Israel.

So are reporters in Gaza under pressure from Hamas? Are they being intimidated into only showing civilians, and not the people Israel calls terrorists?

I asked the executive in charge of international here at CNN, Tony Maddox. And he says no. Quote:

"Our infield reporters have repeatedly said that Hamas militants are rarely to be found on the streets of Gaza. We have had no intimidation from Hamas, and received no threats regarding our reporting. They have so far refused all requests for interviews in Gaza."


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