mails began pouring in.
There were few real surprises. The list reflects the fact that responses came primarily from the U.S.; for example, no British journalists were submitted (the Monitor will rectify that in next week’s column). The following were the top vote-getters, their names arranged in order of negative mentions received.
Peter Jennings: ABC anchorman is still the champion after all these years.
Deborah Sontag: New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief sets the standard for biased reporting.
Anthony Lewis: A relic of Liberalism Past, this Times columnist insists on viewing the world from a Palestinian perspective.
William A. Orme: Deborah Sontag’s husband and partner in propaganda for the Times.
Joel Greenberg: Junior varsity version of his New York Times Jerusalem Bureau colleagues Sontag and Orme.
Leonard Fein: Despite half-hearted mea culpa for having trusted too much in Arafat, Forward columnist remains a devotee of Israeli concessions and creation of a Palestinian state.
Joshua Hammer: Newsweek correspondent’s Middle East dispatches read as though they were initialed by the Palestinian Authority.
Thomas Friedman: Better in recent months – seems genuinely shocked and disillusioned by the Palestinian intifada and apparently dreads being seen as a sucker – but, based on his track record, don’t expect this to be a permanent change of heart.
Taki: Veteran political and lifestyles writer whose Israel bashing often crosses the line into outright Jew- baiting. Made news earlier this year when British publisher Conrad Black attacked him in print after he’d penned a particularly nasty piece on Jews and Israel.
Joseph Sobran: Got himself fired from National Review 10 years ago because of his anti-Israel, anti-Jewish invective; he’s still very much at it as an on-line columnist.
Michael Lerner: Not a media person in the usual sense, but this so-called “New Age Rabbi” does publish the radical magazine Tikkun, and his pro-Palestinian views are quoted often by sympathetic journalists.
Charley Reese: There was a time when the Orlando Sentinel columnist was as pro-Israel as they come. But several years ago, for reasons that remain unclear, he did a sudden about-face.
Bob Simon: Veteran CBS newsman now seen regularly on “60 Minutes” and “60 Minutes II.” Never met an Israeli government official he trusted.
Victor Navasky: Publisher of The Nation, the left-wing opinion journal that regularly portrays Israel as a nation of war criminals and the Palestinians as persecuted saints.
Gillian Findley: ABC’s Israel-based correspondent is a perfect fit for anchor Jennings.
Alisa Solomon: Village Voice writer whose articles drip with sympathy for the Palestinians and contempt for Israel and its American Jewish supporters.
Next week: Reader comments and more names.
Jason Maoz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org