Here in this country we can read so many news dispatches that emanate from Israel by New York Times reporters. The stories are reports are generally critical of the Jewish state, mostly attempting again and again to demonstrate that on both a governmental and Jewish religious level runs on a double standard riddled with hypocrisy.
That’s the theme of the Times. There’s not much that we can do about it but when these stories appear just shake our collective heads in disgust and disbelief and move on perhaps to the Wall Street Journal that serves as something of an antidote to the poison spewed by The Times.
While that may be a problem here, the real issue is that Israel has its own version of the Times in the left leaning widely read daily Haaretz newspaper. Haaretz exists to attempt much of the same that the Times tries to do here in the states. Both papers that were once committed to honest reporting and balanced journalism but today more than anything else have taken on clear political agendas that support candidates with much more than simple endorsements. They both do their best to make those who oppose their political philosophies and agendas like god awful monsters.
The Times has been doing their utmost over the last year to make Republican presidential candidates as double talking devils. They frequently focus on Mitt Romney and his experience as a successful businessman. The goal of the Times is to show that if you are inordinately successful in business then you probably trampled over thousands of people and destroyed numerous lives on the way to achieving that success.
Haaretz tries to do much of the same with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Though Bibi is in firm control of his government and all polls predict that whenever elections will be held that Netanyahu’s Likud will be victorious , Haaretz is relentless in its effort to support other candidates while trying to punch holes in Netanyahu and his political stances.
Take a look at Haaretz online today and you will see that the lead the charge when it comes to exposing and probably exaggerating the possible consequences of a strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. The point is that even threatening to strike Iran for Haaretz is irresponsible. So instead of serving as a conventional newspaper Haaretz, very much like the NY Times here, is trying to tear down those in power and those who do not espouse their positions on issues.
Both papers are now in the midst of doing the same with Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson who they both say is spending over $100 million to buy the election for Mr. Romney and other Republican candidates. They both do not see anything wrong with President Obama’s not infrequent trips to raise tens of millions of dollars on Wall Street and in Hollywood in an effort for those groups to “buy” the election for the president.
The point is this—the US can absorb the criticism of the Times, but can a country as small as Israel withstand the blistering exposes and frequent distortions of Haaretz?
More in next weeks 5TJT.