Speaker Gingrich's comments were a chance to explore contradictory statements by many Arab leaders and scholars, such as Philip Hitti, about Palestinian national identity, but the touchy topic was largely ducked by journalists.
Susan Cornwell's otherwise straightforward news account cited two far-left Jewish groups criticizing the U.S. de-funding of UNESCO and omitted statements, such as that by the mainstream Conference of Presidents, that applauded U.S. action.
For The New York Times bureau chief, the latest flotilla campaign organized by terrorist groups and anti-Israel radicals brought to mind, amazingly, Holocaust survivors seeking refuge in pre-state Israel on the Exodus. The sum of the "news analysis" was one more example of fact-anemic bias by the paper.
A journalist as indifferent to the facts regarding Israel as Hari, not surprisingly, is unprincipled in covering a lot of other topics as well.
Update: Board of trustees reverse decision and grant degree. The award-winning playwright, much accustomed to kudos and hero-worship, is shocked to find not everyone accepts his slanders about Israel. Displaying characteristic indifference to the facts of Israel's long efforts to achieve peace in the face of aggression, he claims it's a terrible historical problem that modern Israel came into existence."
The murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar prompted familiar circumlocutions and evasions by The New York Times where the killing of Jews is concerned. Rather than call it a "terrorist attack"— the family was said to have been killed by "intruders."
Few reputable media outlets deliberately seek out bigots to offer "expert" comment on Middle East affairs. Does Michael Scheuer get a pass thanks to his CIA credentials?
Karl Vick's latest is as crude as earlier caricatures of Israel, but apparently fills the bill for a weekly magazine that can't figure out what relevance it has in the new media age.
In a bizarre interview with Yediot Aharonot, New Yorker editor David Remnick railed at Israel for failing to end the "occupation" yet supposedly seeking "unconditional love" from American Jews. The comments offer little insight into Middle East realities, but say something about the writer's state of mind.
The Financial Times' David Gardner, led the way in presenting biased, incendiary coverage of the newly-launched Israeli-Palestinian talks. Name-calling, smears and propaganda trumped facts, context and objectivity.