Reuters dragged for ‘evil’ and ‘dismal’ headline on terror attack that killed two Israelis


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International news outlet Reuters hits out at what critics call a “diabolical”, “dismal” and “appalling” tweet about a Palestinian terror attack on Israelis on a busy Tel Aviv street.

A terrorist opened fire in a crowded bar in central Tel Aviv on Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than 10. After killing the gunman in a shootout on the Friday morning after the attack, Israeli police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Ra’. ad Fathi Hazem, a Palestinian refugee.

Although people reading a Reuters headline about the terror attack didn’t pick up any of those details.

A woman is treated near the scene of a shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Israeli health officials say two people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv.  Thursday night's shooting, the fourth attack in recent weeks, occurred in a crowded neighborhood with several bars and restaurants.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A woman is treated near the scene of a shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Israeli health officials say two people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv. Thursday night’s shooting, the fourth attack in recent weeks, occurred in a crowded neighborhood with several bars and restaurants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The headline (and corresponding Reuters tweet) read: “Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian After Attack on Tel Aviv Bar.”

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Critics on Twitter strongly chastised the outlet for the title.

Conservative pundit Dave Rubin spared no effort. “It’s truly amazing how evil the corporate press is,” he tweeted.

Newsbusters deputy editor Nicholas Fondacaro blasted the outlet, tweeting: “Reuters supports Palestinian terrorists’ efforts to kill Jews. Made.

A woman reacts at the scene of a shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Israeli health officials say two people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting in central Tel Aviv.  Thursday night's shooting, the fourth attack in recent weeks, occurred in a crowded neighborhood with several bars and restaurants.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit).  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A woman reacts at the scene of a shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Israeli health officials say two people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting in central Tel Aviv. Thursday night’s shooting, the fourth attack in recent weeks, occurred in a crowded neighborhood with several bars and restaurants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit). (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli journalist Emanuel Miller called the headline “dismal” and criticized the outlet for updating its story following the backlash, but leaving the headline unchanged.

He tweeted: “Watch carefully. @Reuters is criticized for this deplorable headline after a Palestinian terrorist shot and killed two Israelis last night. The article was updated a few minutes ago. But the headline did not not changed.”

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Conservative personality Erielle Davidson responded to the tweet, writing, “Palestinian terrorist kills 2, injures 16, and that’s the headline from Reuters. Disgusting.”

Daily Caller reporter Brianna Lyman tweeted her own review of the offending headline, writing: “Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian TERRORIST after Tel Aviv bar attack.

Israeli police inspect the scene of a shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday.  According to the Israeli police, several people were injured during a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv.  Thursday night's shooting happened in a crowded area with several bars and restaurants.  (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli police inspect the scene of a shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday. According to the Israeli police, several people were injured during a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv. Thursday night’s shooting happened in a crowded area with several bars and restaurants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Columnist Frida Ghitis tweeted that Reuters was ‘amazing’ and ‘appalling’, writing, ‘this is an amazing headline to describe the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Murderer fled after killing two people and injuring several others . Incredible, @Reuters . Appalling.”

Tablet Magazine’s CTO, Noam Blum, also revised the headline, tweeting, “A Palestinian terrorist who shot dead civilians in a Tel Aviv bar has been killed after a manhunt and shootout with armed forces. Israeli security forces”.

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“There. You did your job, international media,” he added.


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