This week I covered the stories of Yaser Murtaja and Marie Colvin in my Black Agenda Report column. Yaser Murtaja was a Palestinian journalist who was clearly identified as such when Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shot and killed him. Marie Colvin was an American reporter embedded with the Free Syrian Army in 2012 when she was killed by missile fire. Her family filed a $300 million lawsuit against the Syrian government claiming that she was deliberately targeted.
One person is minimized and eventually erased while the other is elevated. One is inconvenient and the other presents an opportunity for war propaganda. I also discussed with Don DeBar on CPR News.