Hamas fighter character in above graphic owned by R. McKee.
The attack by Hamas upon southern Israel occurred on a late Friday night (Texas timezone). By land, air and sea, Hamas terrorist invaded south Israel with detailed instructions to rape, kill and kidnap civilians. One target was a music festival, where more than 260 bodies were recovered. By the time Hamas was pushed back into Gaza, roughly 1400 Israelis and other nationalities were dead. And over 200 persons taken back to Gaza as hostages.
Given the fog of war, it was not surprising that it was not addressed during the following Saturday morning show (October 7th). However, the event was briefly touched upon during the subsequent Saturday show during the oil report.
Ed Wallace, John Ingram, Don
But that's just tragic. But it really doesn't have to do anything to do with oil right now. If it goes to Syria and Egypt… if the Saudis want to make a decision on it… then we can have problems.”
[Some extraneous interjections omitted for readability.]
In the preceding transcript, Ed Wallace states that there are “good people” in the terrorist group Hamas who are being hurt in this latest war that Hamas has initiated with Israel. And all though this discussion, co-host John Ingram enthusiastically affirms every syllable that Wallace uttered
For the next three Saturdays, Ed Wallace avoided any mention of the Hamas terror attack, leaving his original comments as his staked position. Finally a month later on November 11th, Ed Wallace runs a Second Hand News segment that declares that Hamas is a terrorist organization, but then immediately pivots to exclaiming that most Palestinians are not Hamas.
Before examining Wallace’s twisted thinking, one cannot help but recall a similar statement about fine (a.k.a. good) people on both sides by former President Trump.
Press conference on signed infrastructure permitting executive order (Aug. 15, 2017):
President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump
In the Trump case, an uproar over arose with those words where Ed Wallace’s fellow travelers in the mainstream media accused Trump of describing white supremacists as “fine people”. Despite Trump having explicitly clarified in less than a minute’s time at that same press conference that he excludes Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists from whom he describes as “fine people”, partisans in the media continue to repeat that “Trump says white supremacists are fine people” lie to this day.
So, how much grace is Wallace due when he stated that there are “good people” in Hamas? More than a month passed before Wallace clearly stated that Hamas are terrorists. And then he immediately added that there are “good people” among the Palestinians. Well, one can look to Ed Wallace’s curation of the Wheels’ radio show official web site (Inside Automotive) for exposure as to what is in his heart.
On the Inside Automotive news aggregation link page, there is a top headline section which comprises of links to what Wallace presents as the five* most important articles of the day. The Hamas terrorist attack occurred in the early morning of October 7th in Israel, which is late night on October 6th (Texas timezone). So, for the time range from October 7th to November 13th, there were 72 links to articles on the attack and/or consequent events. Those article links and the labels Wallace gave them can be viewed on the following table.
* For the given time range, all but three days had five links in the top headline section. Those outliers were +/- one link.
For the time range from October 7th to November 13th, there were a total of 196 links within Inside Automotive’s top headline section. As such, over a third (37%) of Inside Automotive’s top headline links were related to the Hamas terror attack and its aftermath.
Despite dominating the top headlines section of the Wheels’ official web site for over a month, it is quite curious that Wheels:
1. Only spends around two minutes on the topic on October 14th.
silent on the topic for the next three Saturdays.
October 21st. October 28th, November 4th
3. Only spends around two minutes on the topic on November 11th.
This disparity of coverage between the radio show ands its web site is striking. And if one were to closely review the articles that Wallace is headlining, the reason for the subterfuge becomes obvious. Wallace is pushing a terrorist enabling agenda that is likely at odds with his audience. And it is also a position that even if his sponsors’ agree; those sponsors would not wish to be publically associated with it.
Some of the links included in Wallace’s top headlines section are:
· Death tolls of Palestinians, sourced from a terrorist organization.
· Palestinian civilian deaths anecdotes.
· Rallies for Palestinians.
· Doxxing of university students who signed letter blaming Israel.
Some of the links excluded from Wallace’s top headlines section are:
· Americans held hostage in Gaza.
· Death tolls of Israeli civilians.
· Hamas declaring it will repeat October 7th attack targeting civilians.
· Hamas declaring it is not responsible for protecting Palestinian civilians.
· Accounts that verify that Hamas targeted civilians and the methods of killing employed.
· Hamas blocking and killing evacuating Gazans, as they serve as human shields.
· Hamas munitions depots found in/under schools, hospitals.
· Hamas stealing relief goods from civilians, while blocking deliveries of fuel to hospitals.
· Actual violence and threats of violence against Jewish students on university campuses.
None of Inside Automotive’s top headline section link labels convey the reality of October 7th. When one peruses article labels the Wallace selected for top headlines, the closest one finds a single link to article with the disgusting label of “At Least 11 Americans Killed in Violence in Israel”. That is quite the obfuscating epitaph: “killed in violence”. An honest link label would be “At Least 11 Americans Violently Killed by Hamas in Israel”. Ed Wallace refuses to honestly report this, because his actions convey that Ed Wallace believes there really are “good people” in Hamas.