Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Intransigence and Bias
Israeli intransigence I understand and accept as the way things are. What amazed me was the spin that the radio announcer was giving to this damaging leak. He (or she?) asserted that the leak would be very damaging to the Palestinian leader! This leader would find himself in trouble with his own people for being willing to concede so much!
That was the way the story was reported in NPR. Until then I had considered NPR to be relatively free of bias in the way it presented news. But here was a story, presumably true because no one denied it, that to me was very damaging to the government of Israel. Israel has been claiming for many years that the Palestinians do not want peace and are not willing to make any concessions, etc., etc., etc. The story reveals that it is Israel that has been unwilling to make any concessions or even to accept important concessions from the Palestinians. The way NPR reported the story reveals a strong pro-Israel bias among its news reporters.
Later on, either the same day or the next day, it was reported, again by NPR, that many governments had reacted to the story by changing their attitudes toward Israel. That is, they were becoming more inclined to blame Israel for the continuing conflict than before. In fact, the leak has been damaging to Israel.