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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Israeli government writing in the NYTimes.....

An opening paragraph of a "news piece,"
Iran seems to be hurtling toward nuclear weapons capacity, Hezbollah could win Sunday’s election in Lebanon and Hamas is smuggling long-range rockets into Gaza again. So why is President Obama focusing such attention on the building of homes by Israeli Jews in the West Bank?

Seriously, how is that written as a "news" lede? Iran is not "hurtling" any faster than it was six months or a year ago.... Hezbullah is not likely to win any more than the minority seats they currently hold, and this NYTimes piece says they "could win..." and Hamas might be smuggling rockets, I don't know.

So, two out of three seriously mischaracterized in the lede of a "news piece." That's just awful.

(PS. I know I'm going on and on about the settlement issue, but diplomatically, it's extremely important in the peace process, and the Israelis have chosen to fight here. Plus, the Israeli objections have more to do with internal politics than any concrete security issues.)


  • Another obvious attempt to separate the settlements from broader issues. A lot of NYT readers will buy it but many others will see through it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 AM  

  • I never know. Like most people, I'm so tied into what I believe that I don't have a sense of the greater mood.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:28 AM  

  • I don't think anybody knows really. But a lot of time and energy goes into trying to analyse it. Fear and hope seem to be doing an eternal dance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:04 PM  

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