Sunday, January 24, 2010

Who is worse? The BBC or The New York Times?

The New York Times must have been in a real panic having to face the possibility of reporting something positive about Israel but of course our own Israel's loony-left comes to their rescue. They give the newspaper enough fodder to feel justified in proclaiming:

"For Israelis, Mixed Feelings on Aid Effort"

Israel feels a mixture of pride and deep shame apparently over Haiti. How so?

The article comments:

Many commentators argued that the work in Haiti was a reflection of a central Jewish value. Michael Freund, a columnist in The Jerusalem Post, wrote on Thursday, “Though a vast gulf separates Israel from Haiti, with more than 10,500 kilometers of ocean lying between us, the Jewish people demonstrated that their extended hand can bridge any gap and traverse any chasm when it comes to saving lives.”

But on the same page, another commentator, Larry Derfner, argued that while Israel’s field hospital in Haiti is a reflection of something deep in the nation’s character, “so is everything that’s summed up in the name of ‘Gaza.’ ” He wrote: “It’s the Haiti side of Israel that makes the Gaza side so inexpressibly tragic. And more and more, the Haiti part of the national character has been dwarfed by the Gaza part.”
Early in the week, Akiva Eldar, a leftist commentator and reporter with the newspaper Haaretz, made a similar point: “The remarkable identification with the victims of the terrible tragedy in distant Haiti only underscores the indifference to the ongoing suffering of the people of Gaza.”

Read the full article here if your stomach can take it:

Akiva Eldar is a paid up member of the loony-left. To give you an example of just how left leaning this guy is, he still supports the failed Oslo agreement. He is considered left-wing even by Haaretz standards and this is the person The New York Times chose to quote.

As for Larry Derfner. Anyone who regularly reads The Jerusalem Post knows that good old Larry is their court jester. His weekly piece is entitled "Rattling the cage" and there is a big question as to whether he actually believes all the crazy nutty things he writes. He is probably simply playing devil's advocate in order to invoke angry feedback comments and get people foaming at the mouth. Just a quick look at the comments on the article quoted in The New York Times and you'll get the picture.

Larry's article here.

The talkbacks point out the obvious which is that it's obscene to compare innocent Haitians trapped under rubble to Palestinian terrorists trapped in tunnels and bunkers, designed and built to murder Israelis.

It shows the desperate position that The New York Times found them selves in, having to resort to quoting Larry.

The bottom line is that the reporting that Israel is bemoaning the fact that they did not help the poor Palestinians is a figment of the imagination of the loony-left and an outright lie to report it as fact.

I'm not sure which is worse; the total silence of the BBC or the outright lies of The New York Times. Comments anyone?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do a Google for Israel in haiti and you'll find articles out there claiming that the only reason IDF is there in Haiti is to harvest organs to take back to Israel. it makes the NYT article look pro-Israel.

Good post but I knew this already.