Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Times Submerges a Village (and Other Idiocy)

In the midst of a tearjerker out of southern Lebanon today, New York Times house terrorism apologist, Hassan "Wrong Man" Fattah gives us an interesting perspective on a village that is victimized by those damned Israelis. According to Fattah, it is in the middle of the Meditteranean.

That's right, folks. Says Fattah: "Ten miles east is the relative safety of Tyre, the gateway into northern Lebanon." Now, since Tyre is on the Meditteranean, which is on the left side of the map... hmmmmm....... what type of scuba gear was Fattah wearing while churning out this bit of Hezbollah propaganda?

This stupidity, which sailed right by the Times's crackerjack foreign desk, is a good metaphor for the Times's coverage of the Lebanese: Wrong Way in every sense.

In addition to giving one-sided coverage that underplays (or, as today, doesn't mention at all) the suffering of Israeli civilians from ball bearing-packed terrorist rockets, there is an overplaying of Lebanese suffering -- with most articles not mentioning the salient fact that Hezbollah is hiding amid the civilian population.

Thus we get this story from a Sabrina Tavernise, which follows in the footsteps of Nic Robertson at CNN by trading access to Hezbollah-controlled areas for coverage that is little more than propaganda.

To top off the Times's coverage today, we have the main story, which reported Kofi Annan's charge that the killing of four UN troops was "apparently deliberate" -- without reporting the Israeli denials and demand for an apology. Reporting a denial of a serious charge is Journalism 101.

To top even that, the story discussed Lebanon's claim on the tiny Shabaa Farms area of the Golan Heights -- without saying that the UN has determined that is not part of Lebanon.

That's the Times's coverage of the Lebanon conflict for you: Wrong-way, wrong-headed, amateurish, unprofessional and just plain wrong.

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