Earlier today, CAMERA’s Tamar Sternthal commented on a misleading headline at USA Today. The headline, “Israelis kill 4 Palestinians as violence surges,” noted Sternthal,  failed to “clearly report that the four Palestinians were killed had carried out, or attempted to carry out, stabbing attacks yesterday — three in Hebron, one in Jerusalem.”

Similarly, a headline in a Oct. 17 Telegraph report on the same series of attacks mislead readers by using a headline and strap line obfuscating the fact that the four Palestinians were killed only after they attempted to kill Israelis.

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Though the opening passage of the report, by Inna Lazareva, gets the sequence of events correct, many people won’t bother to read the full article. So, the headline will likely serve to reinforce prejudices about the alleged “brutality” of Israeli forces fostered by years of British media bias about the conflict.

UK news outlets should be reminded that headlines are included within the accuracy clause of the Editors’ Code’s requirement to avoid publishing “inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.”