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Media running Hamas narrative on Gaza hospital ‘directly contributed’ to endangering US embassies abroad

The legacy media’s widely panned coverage of last week’s Gaza hospital exposition has had a ripple effect across the world that goes beyond the usual ramifications of a journalistic error.

Several news organizations from The New York Times, to CNN, to the BBC, to the Associated Press rushed to report claims made by the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry that Israel bombed Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital through an airstrike resulting in over 500 civilian casualties. But subsequent reporting and intelligence found it was an explosion in the hospital’s parking lot stemming from a misfired rocket fired by Hamas ally Islamic Jihad, resulting in a death toll a fraction of what Hamas had first alleged.

The fake news prompted several Arab leaders to cancel their meetings with President Biden, who had flown overseas only having sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Morgan Ortagus, former State Department spokesperson during the Trump administration and founder of Polaris National Security, told Fox News Digital the media’s disinformation push “directly contributed” to the riots that erupted outside U.S. embassies in several Middle East countries which continues a ripple effect, putting Americans overseas in danger.  

 

NPR’s David Folkenflik said Hamas was used as a “key source” by numerous outlets and scolded them for prioritizing speed over accuracy.

“The audiences’ perceptions of media outlets’ fairness determine how much trust they have — not just in the veracity of specific coverage but the independence of their journalists,” he wrote. “Speed may matter a lot to readers, viewers and listeners. Accuracy and fairness still matter more, especially when stakes are so high.”

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Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to joseph.wulfsohn@fox.com and on Twitter: @JosephWulfsohn.

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