One was Amnesty UK:
2600+ civilians killed by police in #Rio since city was awarded #Rio2016 Olympics. Support our calls for justice https://t.co/GpR6A1gSlC— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) August 5, 2016
I tweaked them, wondering whether they were documenting the deaths with as much tenacity as they pretended to do for Gaza:
I'm looking forward to your #RioPlatform to document every one, @amnestyuk.— ElderOfZiyon (@elderofziyon) August 5, 2016
What, you mean it is not planned? https://t.co/nahMFI8DDA
But a few days later, they had a response:
@elderofziyon Hi, do you mean the crossfire app? https://t.co/TkeHsKfsny User-generated documenting of shootings at https://t.co/OY3fr631G8— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) August 9, 2016
Indeed they created an app for people to report violence in Rio and it allows drilling down into each alleged incident.
So they got me.
But, as I responded, why won't they fix the many mistakes and lies in the Gaza Platform?
They ignored that tweet, as they ignored many others about the propaganda site that they pretend documents Israeli war crimes.
Clearly they read my tweets. And clearly they have no intention to correct themselves when they are found to be wrong - or lying.
A similar thing seems to have happened with my assertion that the West Bank has Olympic-sized pools (which normally means 50 meters, a certain depth and other technical details.)
I am no longer convinced that there are true Olympic sized pools in the West Bank suitable for training (although I think there is one in Gaza.) And I was happy to admit my doubts to Luke Baker from Reuters, who happily gloated that I was not being fair and balanced.
But I responded to him about the story that I wrote that started the entire discussion:
.@LukeReuters Didn't @Reuters do the same when you reported that #Israel wouldn't allow swimmer to train? Didn't see any mea culpas from you— ElderOfZiyon (@elderofziyon) August 9, 2016
And, of course, as with Amnesty, no response.
This is the difference between those who care about the truth and those who only pretend. I am happy to admit I'm wrong - it does happen, sometimes - because the truth is of supreme importance. But the people at Amnesty and Reuters only pay lip service to the truth. When they are shown to be wrong, they rarely correct themselves unless they would be more embarrassed by their refusal to correct than by the correction itself.
Which means that you cannot rely on Reuters or NGOs like Amnesty to say anything truthful. It is propaganda, adhering to their pre-existing biases, and anything that contradicts their false assumptions is not worthy of being addressed.
These two episodes shows that they read the criticism and they read the proof that they are wrong or lying - and they actively choose not to correct themselves.
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