Monday, October 23, 2006

How the Main Stream Media scripts things...especially on Israel

I reported today on the deal made by the Olmert government to bring Avigdor Lieberman and Center Right partyIsrael Beiteinu into the ruling coalition in Israel.

Lieberman's most extreme position has been the idea of negotiating with a Palestinian state to trade off areas in the Northern Galilee where Arabs live in exchange for annexing areas in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) where Jews other words a partial exchange of populations, which is how every refugee issue in history has historically been resolved...except for the Palestinians. Aside from the fact that I don't support the idea of a second Arab Palestinian state, because it will never lead to peace and in fact is an obstacle to peace, it's not the most outrageous of positions.

But look at the headlines....

`Far-right party to join Israeli govt' -Sydney Morning Herald

`Outspoken rightwinger to join Israeli coalition' - The Guardian

`Far-right firebrand joins Olmert to shore up coalition' - The Times UK

`Far-right partner set to join Israeli government' -al Reuters

`Olmert enlists far-right partner' - al Jazeera

`Olmert appoints right-wing deputy' - the BBC

These are the same people who call Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh a `militant' and Arafat II Mahmoud Abbas and ex-Iranian President Rafasjani, who said the problem of Israel could be resolved by one nuclear bomb `moderates' !

For that matter, none of these news sources would ever refer to George Galloway, Labor leftist Amir Peretz or the Far left Meretz parties' Yossi Beilen as `far-left firebrands' or `outspoken Leftwingers.'

It wouldn't fit either the script or their prejudices.

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