Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (fair.org) has confirmed that on July 8th, in a nightly news broadcast by Diane Sawyer, ABC News ran images of bombed-out devastation and portrayed it as the aftermath of Hamas rockets in Israel.
[Fair.org: "Why ABC Thought Suffering Palestinians Were Israelis"]
The station was forced to issue a correction when it was pointed out that the images were actually the aftermath of Israeli bombing in Gaza.
Sawyer opened the news segment saying:
"We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel…. And here an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can, one woman standing speechless among the ruins."
The report then segued to images of the buildings laying in ruins, with survivors amongst them.
Image of Gaza woman standing among ruins after Israeli airstrike, misportrayed then corrected by ABC.
Destruction in Gaza after Israeli airstrike, misportrayed, then corrected by ABC.
Following Sawyer’s introduction, ABC correspondent Alex Marquardt commented on Israelis "running in terror as sirens wail."
Peter Hart of Fair.org recognized the images as being from Gaza and sent a Twitter message to ABC News. Two days later ABC issued a correction in a press release. Sawyer later broadcast the apology.
One Israeli and nearly 200 Palestinians have so far died in the conflict. Among the Palestinian dead half have been women and children, ABC reported in the broadcast which included the correction.
Last week, an Israeli defense expert and holder of the Israel Defense Prize said in a radio interview that the Israeli government is heavily inflating the number of rockets coming into Israel, suggesting by as much as 90 percent. Israel claims that Hamas now builds the sophisticated long-range rockets required to reach Tel Aviv.
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Israeli defense expert says Israel vastly inflating Hamas rocketsHalf of dead in Gaza airstrikes are women and children