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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

"Journalism is, ah, like a hangover. You can read about it for years, but until you've actually experienced it......"

Full Topic Quote: "To me, journalism is, ah, like a hangover. You can read about it for years, but until you've actually experienced it, you have no conception of what it's really like."


There is a great article today from KHALED ABU TOAMEH in the Jpost.

Finally an Arab who has the guts to speak his mind in the media. It has been well known for years that there is widespread corruption in the ranks of the PA, but as he states in his article, the media just misses these stories.

I think that it may be a bit more than just missing the story. Most journalists (in this part of the world at least) already have their opinions as to what they believe about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I dont blame them for that because I agree that it is very difficult to not form any kind of opinion when exposed to the conflict head-on.

Journalists (even professional ones of the highest caliber) will still only see what they want to see. Since the Journalistic world is very left wing and tends to be partial to the Palestinian side of the issues, these kind of articles are generally not published because even the newspapers themselves dont want to possibly be seen as being Pro-Israel.

An example would be Ha'aretz. Most of Ha'aretz's articles and opinion pieces can be deemed left wing. Some of them even (like this piece by Gideon Levy this past Sunday) can be declared outright Anti-Semitic. If Levy didn't write for an "Israeli" paper and himself wasn't a Jew (eventhough he seems to wish he wasn't) there would be outcries against his Anti-Semitic writing. Unfortunately, since his article is in Ha'aretz, the opposite is true. Most of the on-line respondents to his column cheer him on and wish to join in on his quest in the destruction of Judaism and the Jewish People.

Why is it that Jews can be Anti-Semitic to their own nation, but if Levy would have written about the Palestinians in the same fashion, he wouldn't be applauded, but rather would be villified by the world?

Double standard?????

Sounds like it....

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
– Abraham Lincoln


At 1:11 AM, January 05, 2006, Blogger Joe Settler said...

Even scarier is the online Comments section in Haaretz.

The antisemites aren't afraid to come out of from under their rocks.

By why should they be?

Haaretz gives them a welcoming platform, not because the site isn't moderated, but because its editors spew out the same exact hate and drivel.

At 5:22 AM, January 05, 2006, Blogger Tovya @ Zion Report said...

this is kind of off base, but this is the first time i have visited your blog. thank you for quiting, and doing the right thing.

At 9:47 AM, January 05, 2006, Blogger westbankmama said...

As an aside, I used to write talkbacks on the Haaretz site. I was always polite, did not use bad language, and never attacked anyone personally.

Then I did the unforgivable. I wrote about how I thought that the Likud was a centrist party.

After that I was blocked. How's that for free speech?

At 10:57 AM, January 05, 2006, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

no free speech allowed (unless your a leftist)



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