The New York Times thought it deserved a story by one
of the newspapers own correspondents.
The Baltimore Sun played it as a 21-inch Associated
The Richmond Times-Dispatch used a big, front-page
color photograph to tease to the story on an inside page.
And the Washington Post? The Post cut the AP
dispatch to three sentences and buried it at the bottom of the Word in
Brief round-up on page A-14.
The January 6 story was Israeli leader Ariel Sharons
address the previous day to the 3,000-member central committee of his Likud
New York Times reporter Greg Myre led his dispatch
(Sharon Jeered as He Talks of Giving Up Settlements) this way:
Ariel Sharon was showered with catcalls on Monday from his own right-wing party
during a speech in which he said he would take down some Jewish settlements and
permit the formation of a Palestinian state if the two sides reached a peace
The Baltimore Sun headlined the AP report Some
settlements to go, Sharon informs Likud; Israeli prime minister booed by party
leaders. The wire service lead read:
Minister Ariel Sharon told jeering leaders of his Likud Party yesterday that
Israel will have to dismantle Jewish settlements as part of any peace deal, and
he was prepared to act despite their opposition.
One criticism of Washington Post coverage of
Arab-Israeli news is that it too often seems skewed by the belief that news is
primarily what Israelis do to Palestinian Arabs. Reports about what
Palestinians do to Israelis, let alone other newsworthy developments within
Israel, among Palestinian Arabs, and within or between Arab countries gets
downplayed or ignored. Post treatment of Sharons speech supports
At least the address was not completely ignored. A day
earlier, the Washington Times headlined a front-page story, Modest
recovery seen for Israeli economy. Times correspondent Joshua
Mitnick reported that Israels economy is recovering modestly after
three years of doldrums brought on by the Palestinian uprising and should show
solid growth this year, according to economists and business leaders. The
Post didnt cover it.