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Missing the Story in Lebanon

KABOBfest

August 9, 2006

That crazy little green Zionist over at the Israel-loving blog, Little Green Footballs deserves kudos for exposing Adnan Hajj's doctored photo, which was reprinted by Reuters.

Even a brief look at the photo reveals its manipulated aspects. The patterns that appear in the clouds show amateur photoshopmanship (as an amateur photoshopman, I would know). Anything as natural and random as cloud formations wouldn't have such mechanically repititious circles. I wrote this without even a look at anyone else's analysis.

That said, this episode far from proves LGF's working thesis that the media is biased against Israel. Still, most journalists and producers accept Israel's basic premises, and it shows in the news coverage. If there is a rise in criticism of Israel, it is a natural hesitance to its program of overkill and collective punishment, which tends to offend most people.

If Israel-lovers don't like negative media coverage, they should get Israel to stop being the snotty, hyper-aggressive, settler-colonial, apartheid state it is.

Given how criminal Israel's political history and policies are, media coverage in the US should be much more critical -- like the European press, for example. Everyone else in the world sees that it is wrong to occupy and oppress the Palestinians.

However, Israel is largely saved from the proportionate criticism it merits. Media here depend heavily on the US government for information, and thus reflect its biases. That is why the media can pick apart third world, impoverished semi-states like Sudan, and ignore the organized, industrialized, legalized barbarianism of America's friends, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. Many media personnel are simply more familiar with the Israeli narrative because that story is told more in the US.

That is all in tension with the biggest problem Israel's advocates face: the more someone learns about what is actually going on, the more biased against Israel they tend to become. That is why Middle East correspondents from mainstream American media sources are shuffled in and out. You have no Robert Fisk, Graham Usher, Jonathon Cook or Charles Glass in any American media. These are long-serving journalists intimate with the region.

LGF and others who look for inconsequential symbols of some mythical media bias against Israel are preying on the ignorance many have of the history and politics of the region. Yeah, some exaggerated clouds seem like a big deal, but not in contrast to the failure of the American media and government to really confront Israel's massive destruction of Lebanon. A much bigger error by the media is to truly explore the recent history of Israel's many invasions of and attacks on Lebanon. That should be the true story.


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