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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 29, 2006 12:43 PM

***update: scroll down for a photo comment on twisted media priorities***

***update 2: Australian Foreign Minister challenges press over coverage of the Qana ambulance incident…Red Cross bristles:

THE International Committee of the Red Cross has rebuked Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for relying on an unverified internet blog to claim an Israeli missile strike on one of its ambulances in southern Lebanon was a hoax.

A spokeswoman for the ICRC in Geneva said yesterday there was no evidence to support Mr Downer’s assertion that the international media had been duped in reporting that Israel had deliberately targeted the ambulance.

An image of the roof of the ambulance showed what was purportedly an entry hole allegedly made by an Israeli rocket which had pierced the centre of the red cross symbol.

The July 23 incident, in which two ambulances were fired on, injuring six people – including one man who lost his leg in the attack – provoked worldwide condemnation of Israel’s apparent direct targeting of an ambulance in breach of the Geneva convention.

Israel apologised for the incident but made no admissions.

The blog site, Zombietime.com, claimed photographs of the interior of the ambulance showed there was not enough damage to have been hit by a missile through the roof, as claimed.

On Monday, in a speech to the National Newspaper Publishers Conference on the Gold Coast, Mr Downer criticised the Australian and international media for sloppy reporting and failing to check facts in their coverage of the Lebanon conflict.

He accused the media of being hoodwinked by Lebanese claims that “Israel had bombed deliberately a (Lebanese) Red Cross ambulance”. And he accused “some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets”, including Time magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Australian of falling for a hoax.

“After closer study of the images of the damage to the ambulance, it is beyond serious dispute that this episode has all the makings of a hoax,” he said.

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With the exception of Brit Hume, there has been a near blackout from the mainstream media on Zombie’s investigation of the Red Cross Ambulance Incident in Cana. Last week, I wrote the Associated Press, ITV, the New York Times, MSNBC, The Age, Time magazine, Cox News, the Guardian, and the Boston Globe asking for a response to doubts raised over the incident. So far, I have received non-response auto-replies from ITV and the NY Times.

Today’s in-depth Vent provides the proper context for this important story and the MSM’s non-response to it. Islamic terrorists in the Middle East have a long, unchecked history of using ambulances as aids and props for jihad. Watch it here:

Background links and comments here. Keep an eye on Ambulance 782. LGF is.

I’m asking every single reader of this blog to send this YouTube URL to the following three media outlets who reported the ambulance story uncritically and seek a response:

ITV News (see video here) – Contact info here. Email: dutyoffice-at-itv.com

Time magazine – Contact info here. Email letters-at-time.com

The Boston Globe – Contact info here. Ombudsman email – ombud-at-globe.com.

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Send them this excellent column on Terrorist Theater Tricks by Caroline Glick at the Jerusalem Post while you’re at it. A snippet: “As each day passes, the governments, formal and informal legal apparatuses, and media of free societies show themselves to be less and less capable of contending with the information operations conducted against their societies by subversive forces seeking their destruction. As each day passes it becomes clear that the responsibility of protecting our nations and societies from internal disintegration has passed to the hands of individuals, often working alone, who refuse to accept the degradation of their societies and so fight with the innovative tools of liberty to protect our way of life.”

Don’t give up.

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Related: Debbie Schlussel reminds me of JPost reporter Michael Freund’s whistle-blowing on the Red Cross’s Hezbollah helpers. Something to think about before donating to the Red Cross again.

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I have not blogged a single word about John Michael Karr and the MSM’s JonBenet Ramsey mania. This Breitbart/AP photo posted by Kathryn Lopez says everything there needs to be said about media insipidity and twisted journalistic priorities:

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Caption contest here.

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