web analytics
May 3, 2015 / 14 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Monitor »

Israel Acts – And The Media Howl (Part I)


Media-Monitor-logo

Where to begin? The Monitor certainly picked the wrong two weeks to take a long-delayed respite from the rigors of media watching. It’s been an extended and extraordinary period of idiocy and advocacy masquerading as objective reporting, so rather than focus on one or two particularly egregious examples of media bias, the Monitor will hopscotch this week and next over a variety of observations in something close to stream-of-consciousness fashion.CNN anchors Fredricka Whitfield and Carol Lin are either two of the most viscerally anti-Israel media personalities on air today or, more likely, simply two of the dumbest women in an industry filled with excruciatingly dumb women and men (hello, Matt Lauer). Particularly in the early days of the Israeli military operation in the Palestinian areas, when President Bush was regularly denouncing Yasir Arafat and refusing to condemn either the IDF or Ariel Sharon, Whitfield and Lin continually tried to spin the story the Palestinians’ way in their off-the-cuff remarks, their questions to various self-styled “experts,” and their introductions to news stories.

Over at ABC, Peter Jennings was in his glory for the first two weeks of the Israeli incursion, outdoing even himself with his tendentious terminology – as well as with the arched eyebrows and pursed lips he regularly employs when quoting an Israeli official or spokesman. On April 4 Jennings opened his broadcast by declaring that “the Israelis continue their assault against the Palestinians” – not the Palestinian Authority, not Palestinian terrorists, but “the Palestinians.”

On the same night, Jennings showed videotape of a small group of protesters in Israel and supplied the voice-over: “Just to make the point, by the way, there’s no one single opinion on either side. In Tel Aviv today, police fought with demonstrators outside the U.S. embassy. Several hundred Israelis, both Jews and Palestinian Arabs, or Israeli Arabs rather, were protesting U.S. support for Israel’s military campaign…”

It happens that at the very time Jennings was making his “no one single opinion on either side” comment, polls in Israel put support for the incursion at close to 75 percent. And of course Jennings failed to supply a single example of heterodox opinion on the Palestinian side.

Speaking of journalists with a pro-Palestinian agenda, few can top White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a longtime fixture with UPI and currently a paid propagandist for Hearst Newspapers. The indescribably repulsive Thomas engaged in the following exchange with White House press secretary Ari Fleischer:

Thomas: “Ari, does the president think that the Palestinians have a right to resist 35 years of brutal occupation and suppression?”

Fleischer: “Helen, the president believes that [the] process has got to focus on peace between Israel and the Palestinians….That remains the president’s vision. And, obviously, events in the Middle East have grown very violent. But that is the vision that the president continues to hold out for.”

Thomas: “But he does think they have a legitimate right to fight for their land?”

Fleischer: “Helen, I do not accept the description of the premise of your question, and the manner that you asked it.”

Thomas (muttering softly): “Occupation, 35 years.”

Finally this week we have the columnist Jimmy Breslin, whose public image for most of his career was that of a grossly overweight blue-collar bar hound blessed with an astonishingly sweet prose style. Well, Breslin may be older, trimmer and not nearly as unkempt, but he remains a slob – a moral slob, as evidenced by his inability to differentiate between terrorists who attack civilians and the soldiers who pursue them and their ringleaders.

Just one example of Breslin’s obtuseness, taken from his April 5 column on the siege of the Church of the Nativity: “The pope of my church should point his finger and tell the world in direct language that Sharon and Arafat should be defied and scorned by all the decent people in the world for their high sin of desecrating the site of the birth of a religion about which they could care less.”

Next Week: The New York Times, Andy Rooney, and assorted other miscreants.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at jmaoz@jewishpress.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Israel Acts – And The Media Howl (Part I)”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Last known photo of Or Ashraf, taken in Himalayas before the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that killed him.
Body of Missing Israeli Hiker, Or Ashraf, Found in Nepal
Latest Indepth Stories
The Maersk Tigris

Iran stands unopposed by the “international community” and is racing to assert regional dominance.

Hundreds of Israeli-Ethiopians clash with police in a protest in Jerusalem against  police brutality and alleged racism.

If some Israeli cops got a Jewish education & learned to love Jews, Israel would be a better place

United Nations

No where in the world is there the level of intervention by foreign countries as exists in Israel.

Baltimore Raven's Ray Lewis.

The Ravens’ Ray Lewis screamed that violence is never the answer.” Unfortunately, he is wrong.

Obama is the latest incarnation of our ancient enemies who arise every generation with a new face

Why do Jews, then, sometimes feel more intensely about Polish anti-Semitism than they do about German anti-Semitism?

The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.

Jews thank Hashem at every step. We thank Him for our most basic physical existence. We thank Hashem for every step, for every breath, for every aspect of our elevation from the dust.

Jewish settlement of the land and the resulting employment opportunities drew the Arabs to Palestine

Mon. May 11, 2015@5 PM, history’s largest Shofar blowing will occur outside the UJA-Fed. Building

Looking to fight supporters of terrorism? Just boycott Qatari owned Al Jazeera

A 10 pm curfew and strong show of force Tuesday night helped restore order to most of the city, and put an end to riots in Baltimore.

More Articles from Jason Maoz
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, both outspokenly critical of Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to Congress, were wowed by him in 2011.

Note also the response to the speech by the top Democrats in the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, both of whom have been outspoken in their criticism of Netanyahu’s upcoming visit.

Comptroller DiNapoli celebrates Sukkot with Crown Heights Jewish community leaders at the sukkah of Rabbi Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council.

The New York State comptroller manages the state’s $180.7 billion pension fund, audits the spending practices of all state agencies and local governments, oversees the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviews the New York State and City budgets, and approves billions in State contracts and spending.

While not all criticism of Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism, Podhoretz contends the level of animosity towards Israel rises exponentially the farther left one moved along the spectrum.

When you grow up in a home where your parents went through what my parents went through, you realize that life has to be meaningful. You have to be there for other people.

“It’s a lousy column and a dishonest one,” Halberstam wrote. “So close it. Or you will end up just as shabby as Safire.”

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

These are not necessarily the best all-around biographies or studies of the individual presidents listed (though some rank right up there), but the strongest in terms of exploring presidential attitudes and policies toward Israel.

The Clintonan “engagement” liberals remember with such fondness did nothing but embolden Arafat and Hamas and Hizbullah as they witnessed Israel’s only real ally elevate process ahead of policy.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/media-monitor/media-monitor-159/2002/05/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: