Shalom Life | August 29, 2015

Using Toys to Sell Propaganda

CNN and Brian McCarty use children's toys to show a one sided version of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By: David Shear

Published: November 4th, 2011 in Culture » Art » News

Using Toys to Sell Propaganda

Children. God’s gift to the world. Wide-eyed, innocent and unfiltered.

When you see a child playing with his toys you can’t help but smile. Give those toys to an adult and the innocence goes away.

On Thursday, CNN featured a story titled “Art project combines war, therapy – and toys”. It’s a collection of photographers by photographer Brian McCarty, using toys to explore the daily struggles of Palestinian and Israeli children.

It’s a cute idea, if it wasn’t such a one sided, anti-Israel project. Of the 8 photographs being shown, non are of Israeli children. However, the IDF is featured prominently, shooting Palestinian children, dropping bombs from fighter jets on children, and looking like the aggressive, occupying force this propaganda is trying to push.

In McCarty's defense, in his interview with CNN he does mention that he worked mostly with Palestinians and is still looking forward to working with the Israelis and that making the project completely neutral is important. But that's quickly forgotten, as showing the photos of only one side, whether it was Israeli or Palestinian, on a project that's meant to be neutral, is misleading.

I've never made my opinion on the liberal media’s views of Israel public. It’s quite obviously skewed, but this article really hit a nerve. Maybe it was the staged photos, using guiltless props such as children’s toys to corrupt minds, but it just feels like there is a surplus of wrong here and Brian McCarty, and CNN, should be ashamed of themselves

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