Once Operation Pillar of Cloud was launched in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Defense Forces on Nov. 14, initial reports in the Western media depicted the bombing campaign as a direct reaction to rockets fired by Hamas militants into parts of southern Israel.
This narrative almost purposefully ignores the unprovoked killing of a mentally ill 23 year old Palestinian man by Israeli borders guards on Nov. 5 as well as the brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip on Nov. 7 which killed 7 Palestinians, including 3 children, and injured 52 innocents.
Not to mention the outright assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari on Nov. 14, achieved by blowing up his vehicle and subsequently posting video and pictures of the killing on the social media and YouTube pages of the Israeli Defense Forces.
On the Nov. 14 edition of NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams introduced a short report on the U.S.-backed siege by Israeli forces after 2 commercial breaks, a report which featured an Israeli spokesman justifying the offensive in order to “retaliate against the terrorist forces who have been rocketing Israel for years.”
By featuring the report later in the broadcast, the producers of the show were able to air one full-length advertisement beforehand by one of NBC’s prime sponsors, the Boeing Company, which builds weapons, tanks, jets and vast amounts of tactical gear for warfare.
The weapons manufacturer receives top billing for NBC’s weekly show Meet the Press, the longest-running news show on television, by sponsoring its app, main website and running several commercials throughout its broadcast.
The most recent advertising blitz by the Boeing Company on the program was a Veteran’s Day spot thanking service personnel for their time in the military. The 30 second ad was itself advertised in public relations wire services around the country.
Local NBC stations and websites are also prone to feature news articles on Boeing which blur the line between reporting and advertising.
Unbeknownst to viewers of the NBC Nightly News, the same company that was running commercials and funding the broadcast presented on their television was also simultaneously arming the powerful Israeli Defense Forces as they unleashed bombs, rockets and artillery onto the blockaded portions of the Gaza Strip.
Parts of the reporting on the Israeli siege on Palestinian lands seem to mimic a Boeing advertisement in itself, showing off the Israeli anti-aircraft missile systems purchased from the Boeing Company earlier this year.
“Boeing’s relationship with Israel Aerospace Industries has produced an innovative, versatile and affordable advanced missile defense capability,” Greg Hyslop, general manager of Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems, told the Huntsville Times in Jan. “We look forward to our continued partnership and the development of the next generation of Arrow interceptor.”
Itzhak Nissan, then president and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, was similarly excited by the wonderful opportunity afforded to Israel’s defense capabilities by the Boeing Company.
“This new agreement is the next logical step in our relationship with Boeing and a strong opportunity for both companies to play a bigger role in the missile defense market. It is based on a strong foundation of successful cooperation,” he said.
Boeing and the Israeli Defense Forces could not have received a better endorsement from NBC’s Nightly News, which prominently featured a long 15-second video shot of the Arrow anti-missile interceptor, on sale now from Boeing Company and Israel Aerospace Industries.
The NBC video report, featuring Boeing Company‘s own products in use, was nothing more than a well-executed advertising campaign.
In essence, the Boeing Company is funding a real life news demonstration of its weapons and jets being put to full use, representing a full-scale conflict of interest that has yet to be acknowledged by the executives over at NBC.
In the eyes of those tuning into NBC News, the Israel-Gaza War is nothing more than true full-length featurette starring Boeing‘s vast arsenal of weapons and jets on display and seen in action.
Israel has been greatly enabled to purchase such large quantities of weapons and military equipment by its special relationship with the United States.
In the last 10 years, the U.S. federal government has sent upwards of $20 billion to Israel for direct military aid, mostly used to buy weapons and gear from American weapons manufacturers such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the latter just received a nearly $2.75 billion deal from Israel to purchase 19 F-35 jets.
The Israeli assault on Palestinian lands is aided, abetted and advertised by the Boeing Company, thanks to the glaring conflict of interest at NBC that has yet to be disclosed or even investigated by critical parties.
Representatives from Boeing Company and NBC did not return requests for comment.