I will not support NPR/KQED anymore

This is a message I sent to National Public Radio and its local (San Francisco, CA) station on 4/27/2002.

I am very disappointed in the way NPR has been covering the events in Israel and the Middle East. Particularly disturbing is their latest trend of calling murderous Palestinian terrorists by the mild term "militants".

In this message I give them a specific example after the murder of Danielle Shefi, a 5-year old Israeli girl, was described as the "killing of a settler by a Palestinian militant".

-----Original Message-----
From: David Melle
Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2002 5:12 PM
To: ombudsman@npr.org
Cc: pres@kqed.org
Subject: I will not support NPR/KQED anymore


My name is David Melle and I live in San Francisco, CA. I have been a strong supporter of NPR and the local public station, KQED. I always make my contributions, 2-3 times a year.

I am very disappointed in the way NPR has been covering the events in Israel and the Middle East. Particularly disturbing is your latest trend of calling murderous Palestinian terrorists by the mild term "militants".

For example, today, Palestinian terrorists infiltrated an Israeli town and killed 4 civilians, including a 5-year-old girl while she was sleeping. I just heard KQED/NPR report it as follows:

"Two Palestinian militants entered an Israeli Settlement. They went from house to house and killed four Israelis".

The following troubles me:

There's no mention that the four Israelis were unarmed civilians who were sleeping in their house - they are just "settlers".
There's no mention that a 5-year-old girl was killed, and that her toys and the floor were covered in blood.
There's no mention that seven others were wounded, including a two year old and a four year old.
You spent 20 seconds on this story, while armed Palestinian men that get killed in Jenin get hours of coverage.
You do not call these murderous Palestinians "terrorists", but use the term "militant". This is apparently a conscious decision by NPR of not calling Palestinians murderers by what they are: terrorists.

For the real story, see:

Terrorists murder four in Adora

I have decided to stop supporting NPR: please do not ask for donations and do not send me any NPR material anymore. I will also tell all my friends and family about the way you currently report Palestinian terrorism in Israel.

Furthermore I will send a copy of this letter to my representatives and do what I can to stop the transfer of public funds to NPR and KQED.

David Melle

P.S. Since I wrote the message another story also appeared:
A Shabbat without peace

Posted by David Melle
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I have had similar opinion - but like many others have neglected to let NPR know my feelings. The decided one- sided or deleted facts - the distortions and undue sympathy for the perpetrators while ignoring the fact that Israel is defending its very existence has made me also refuse to continue my long standing support of NPR. Not many of us can exress our thoughts so well.

Posted by: Ruth Reinhold at February 19, 2003 11:42 AM

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