Posts Tagged ‘Times’

Japan Should Stop Provoking the Sea

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

So are the Japanese to blame for provoking the sea? After all, they are the ones who have decided to live in an area where earthquakes occur. While the current situation is a tragedy, don’t the Japanese themselves share some of the blame?

O.K. before I get lynched, let me say very quickly that my heart goes out to all the victims of the tragedy in Japan. My wife is Japanese and she has many family members there (so far everyone is accounted for thankfully.) I have put details on how you can help below.

No, one one should ever write what I wrote above. Certainly no journalist would ever get away with it. You simply do not blame the victims of tragedy.

Yet when it comes to Israel, there are those who think that it is entirely appropriate to do just that. The LA Times now has an editorial where they essentially blame the Fogels for their own deaths.

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Double Standard of The Day at the New York Times

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Well, technically it’s an AP story that appears in the New York Times, but that’s not my point.

The article discusses the impact of Ehud Barak’s announcement that he’s leaving the Labor Party. Here’s the part I don’t like:

“Labor has been the sole moderate party in Netanyahu’s coalition, which is otherwise dominated by religious and nationalist parties that oppose major concessions to the Palestinians.”

Now before everyone clicks the comment button to say that I am overreacting — because Netanyahu’s coalition in fact does oppose major concessions to the Palestinians — just think about this: have you ever seen a New York Times article that included language that even remotely sounded like:

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Thomas Friedman is Stoned

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I thought that New York Times senior columnist Thomas Friedman was out of line when he referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a drunk driver earlier this year. Well now, according to Friedman, Netanyahu is no longer a drunk. Now he is a crack addict.

His call to arms is that the U.S. “stop being their crack dealers.”

Of course people who write like to use colorful language to draw attention to their work. However, referring to the leader of the U.S. only democratic ally in the Middle East as a “crack addict” is not only a bit over the top — it also makes no sense according to Friedman’s own reasoning.

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Not a Game

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The New York Times has chastised Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for playing “games” rather than focusing on peace. In one of the most insulting editorials to come out of the Times in some time, we are told:

It’s time for him [Bibi] to stop playing games, reinstate the moratorium, get back to negotiations and engage seriously in a peace deal.

What do they think Bibi has been doing since the last freeze ended? Was he playing basketball? At the beach? Thumbing his nose at all the serious peace proposals that the Palestinians have been offering?

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