Undermining Democracy, One Comment at a Time

Slanted writing takes many forms. CNN, in describing a simple procedure on Israel’s Prime Minister and its effect on the running of Israel, writes: “Since Sharon’s hospitalization, his powers as prime minister have been transferred to his long-time loyalist and former Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert.”

If we were to translate this to the American President, the same paragraph would sound like this: “Since Bush’s hospitalization, his powers as the President have been transferred to his family’s confidant and former Halliburton CEO, Richard Cheney.”

The assumption is that (1) there is no succession of power, and (2) that power is bestowed as direct cronyism. These are entirely false: after PM Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, a chain of succession, analogous to the American system, was instituted.

Of course, one can make the point that Olmert, like Cheney, is a crony of their boss: that’s politics. This is the kind of slanted reporting reinforcing negative memes about Israel’s stability and right to exist. And a great example of poor reporting.

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1 comment for “Undermining Democracy, One Comment at a Time

  1. February 1, 2006 at 6:27 am

    Your analogy seems to be trying too hard to see an insult where there is none.

    Ehud Olmert being a mayor of a major city didn’t have any negative connotations to me – I would expect and hope that a successor would have prior political experience. Dick Cheney being connected to a multinational corporation that is currently infamous for corruption and shady deals is another thing entirely.

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