Mark Gardener in the UK writes a bleak article about the never-ending anti-Israeli propaganda that permeates the regular, day-by-day media treatment of Israel on a normal day in a normal week, one that offers no dramatic event which which to damn the Jewish state. He divides the types of animosity into strands, and even goes so far as to refute the various accusations, as if that might ever make a difference.
British elites hating Jews as a nation in summer 2010.
Against that, we've got the abrupt resignation of CNN's Octavia Nasr, who earlier this week sent out a tweet with homage on the death of a nasty Lebanese cleric, Sayyed Mohammed Fadlallah. According to some reports I saw, at the end of his days Fadlallah was no longer revered by Hezbollah as one of their guides, but he had been, and he never retracted his support for suicide murders.
I'm not in favor of this new fad in the American media of swift termination for journalists (or generals) who cross some undefined red line in public discourse. Helen Thomas doesn't like Israel? After 50 years or so in the business, she ought to have been shunned decades ago, but not fired. Octavia Nasr sent out an unintelligent message? That shouldn't be a firing offense either. If we fired every journalist who said something stupid, there'd be no-one left at Haaretz except perhaps Avi Issacharoff. People say stupid things; there's no law against that, and there oughtn't be more than the barest minimum of sanctions, beyond of course opprobrium. Having the fools know we're wise to them is fine.
And that's the disturbing part of the story. Octavia Nasr was the editor of the Mideast part of CNN; she worked there for 20 years. What sort of steady drip of malicious ideas can we expect from a system that has terrorist-apologists way up near its top, at time of war? (America being at war, and humanity - it's not only Israel). Drip drip drip...