Jack Engelhard
Jack EngelhardJack Engelhard

Watching the evening news from the Big Three networks is not the thing to do if you want to sleep well at night.

You just know somebody’s going to say something that puts you in a terrible mood and robs you of your peace of mind.

But then you think…maybe today it’ll be different. Yes, give them a chance. People change.

No they don’t…so far as the networks. In America, hocus-pocus journalism persists.

For some reason, I turned to ABC-TV News, evening edition, hosted by generic anchorman David Muir.

I say generic because (like Norma Desmond), I remembered when people had Names; people had Faces. Walter Cronkite, for example.

Muir opens by saying there’s trouble in the Holy Land. Clashes.

I knew that already. The Temple Mount. Passover. Ramadan. Palestinian Arabs rioting.

Muir introduces the on-the-spot correspondent, whose name I didn’t catch, and even though we were promised a report; instead we get an accusation.

She “reports” by saying the Israelis “stormed” the Temple Mount, in and around the Al Aqsa mosque, where Muslims were at prayer.

This we know. Some 80,000 Muslims were given access.

But what about the rioting from thousands of Palestinian Arabs, who were menacing Jews and hurling rocks from the Mount down at those praying at the Western Wall?

The rioting was in plain sight.

Not to this reporter. She saw nothing, and therefore you the viewer sees nothing. All you know is that the Israelis “stormed” the Mount and the mosque.

Like magic, the magic of television, the rioters disappear. No context when a network approaches a story with a grudge beforehand.

Usually…make that always…it’s Israel that takes the hit.

What’s changed? Nothing.

Only half the news is “fit to print.” The crucial half goes magically poof. Millions of Americans are deprived of the truth.

Like the Hunter Biden Story that the media simply will not tell, to protect Joe Biden. Put it like this…Worker bees protecting the Queen.

Or the invasion now taking place from across America’s southern border, also hidden from the public.

Zero coverage, and nothing about thousands of illegal migrants being dumped in your neighborhoods.

Not a word, from the media, about the latest from Somalia Rep. Ilhan Omar, who this time is outraged at Christians for being allowed to sing on a plane.

(The difference is this: Democrats are loyal to the Party; Republicans are loyal to the Country.)

So this sort of selective coverage happens here, too, if you remember two years ago when American cities were being “peacefully” torched by BLM and Antifa.

“Mostly peaceful protests.” So insinuated the news media even when the eyes could see otherwise.

One particular reporter stood in front of an inferno and tried to send the message that nothing was happening.

So too, apparently, the Arab riots on the Temple Mount …” nothing to see here,” says the media. Instead, focus on the Israelis.

That goes back to the days when Anthony Lewis at The New York Times, and Peter Jennings at ABC News, took turns bashing Israel from Print to Broadcast.

Yet, despite the media’s constant negativity, from a Gallup Poll (thanks to the Ettinger Report), we learn that 71 percent of Americans view Israel “very favorably.”

Gratitude for that, but imagine how much higher that percentage would be if we had a fair and honest American press.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva.

He wrote the worldwide book-to-movie bestseller “Indecent Proposal,” the authoritative newsroom epic, “The Bathsheba Deadline,” followed by his coming-of-age classics, “The Girls of Cincinnati,” and, the Holocaust-to-Montreal memoir, “Escape from Mount Moriah.” For that and his 1960s epic “The Days of the Bitter End,” contemporaries have hailed him “The last Hemingway, a writer without peer, and the conscience of us all.” Website: www.jackengelhard.com