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Monday, July 04, 2011

Flotilla coverage in Israel's media depends what you read

How's this for contrasting coverage of the flotilla of fools in Israeli media?
The clearest indication that Israel under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu scored a success Friday when the Greeks stopped the Gaza-bound flotilla from setting sail was to note the different ways the two largest circulation dailies in the country – Yisrael Hayom and Yediot Aharonot – played the story in Sunday’s editions.

In Yisrael Hayom, a paper unabashed in support of Netanyahu and owned by his billionaire supporter Sheldon Adelson, the story was the major item on page one – as well it should have been – under the headline: “The Greek commandoes raided, the captain was arrested, and the flotilla to Gaza was stuck: Thank you, Greece.”

By comparison, nary a mention of the rather dramatic events Friday off the Greek coast made it to the front page of Yediot, a paper unabashed it its criticism of Netanyahu. The paper featured on page one a large, bright-red headline to a story about the attempted assassination of a former police detective in Nahariya, headlines to stories about changing bus lines in Tel Aviv, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story, and incentives to get demobilized soldiers to go into construction work. But nothing about Greece and the flotilla – that story was relegated to page 8.

There was nothing really surprising in this, however. Ten days ago, when the government released numbers putting Israel’s unemployment rate at its lowest level ever, that story made the top of the front page of the Friday Yisrael Hayom, but was buried on the bottom of an inside page in Yediot.

The opposite is also true.
One of the first things I noticed when I made aliya (immigrated to Israel) 20 years ago is how the wall that existed in the American media of my youth between the news reporting pages and the opinion pages did not exist in the Israeli media. Unfortunately, it doesn't exist in the American media anymore either (it never existed in the European media).

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At 3:46 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

People in Israel have learned to read between the lines. They're not as dumb as much of the Israeli media thinks they are.


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