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Sunday, June 28, 2009

The mainstream media's double standard

This is from Khaled Abu Toameh, best-known as the JPost's 'Palestinian' correspondent. This story has gotten way too little exposure in the media (Hat Tip: Melanie Phillips).
As for the international media, it's time to abandon the policy of double standards in covering the Israeli-Arab conflict. For many years, the mainstream media in the US and Europe turned a blind eye to stories about financial corruption under Yasser Arafat. The result was that Arafat and his cronies got away with stealing billions of dollars that had been donated to the Palestinians by the Americans and Europeans.

Back then, many foreign journalists said they believed that the stories about financial corruption in the Palestinian areas were "Zionist propaganda." Other journalists said they would rather file an anti-Israel story because this way they would become more popular with their editors and publishers.

Recently, a Palestinian TV crew was stopped at a checkpoint in the West Bank, where soldiers confiscated a tape and erased its content.

This incident, hardly received any coverage in the mainstream media in the US and Europe.

The reason? The perpetrators were not IDF soldiers, but Palestinian Authority security officers. And the checkpoint did not belong to the IDF; it was, in fact, a Palestinian checkpoint.

The story of the detention of the TV crew -- which, by the way, belonged to Al-Jazeera and the erasure of the footage did not make it to the mainstream media even after Reporters Without Borders, an organization that defends journalists worldwide, issued a statement strongly condemning the assault on the freedom of the media.
Read the whole thing.

When you're done, here's your exit question: Why is Fatah any better than Hamas?


At 11:00 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Barry Rubin has written PA Prime Minister Salam Fayad is a nice guy who wants to reform it but he doesn't have support in Fatah to do that - and who if it weren't for international pressure would soon as be rid of him. And the competition among the Palestinians is not over how to best make peace with Israel but over which faction will be more extreme in bringing about its destruction.

None of that is pointed out by the MSM. The only side perceived as holding up peace is Israel.

What could go wrong indeed


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