Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Hatred That is Now Acceptable in the Mainstream Press

The Detroit Free Press ran a great piece by Mitch Albom. I'm linking to the reprint at Jewish World Review because the Free Press lets its links lapse. They're only temporary, unless you want to pay for the privilege of going through their archives.
It seemed such a ghastly trade, flesh and blood for two boxes of bones. Many criticized it. Some could not bear to watch it. But if anything showed the difference between Israel and Hezbollah in last week's exchange of two dead Israeli soldiers for five live prisoners and 199 corpses, it was not the trade itself.

It was the reaction.
. . . last week, after almost 30 years behind bars, Kuntar was allowed to go by the Israeli authorities. And on Wednesday, he walked down a red carpet in Beirut and was kissed by the Hezbollah leader and cheered like a rock star.

"Samir! Samir!" the crowd reportedly yelled. This for a man convicted of smashing a child's head into pieces.

You can take whatever side you like in the Israeli-Palestinian debate. You can argue who is entitled to land and statehood and borders.

But you cannot defend the frenzied lovefest that took place for Kuntar in Lebanon, as if he were some long-lost statesmen, instead of a common murderer who did the worst thing you can do: take the life of a child. What religion condones that? What holy book says that is a good thing? A banner in Beirut, according to the New York Times, read "G-d's Achievement Through Our Hands."

What G-d would have a child's murder on anyone's hands? How do people celebrate such a killer?
Read the whole thing. It's very thoughtful, intelligent, and to anyone whose moral compass is intact, impossible to refute.

We know though, that some are horribly broken, pointing south instead of north. And not all of them live in the terror state of Gaza, or Hezbollah's haven, Lebanon. Some are right here in the United States.

The Free Press printed letters in response to Albom's column. I suppose it was a stupidly misguided attempt to present both sides, but besides printing letters in support of Albom, they printed letters from moral retards who were angry at Albom. They couldn't claim what Albom said was wrong, so they took the only angle of attack they could: Israel does it too.

But Israel doesn't do it. Israel works damn hard to try and protect its citizens from the Islamic death worshipers who surround them in the most non-lethal way possible. That didn't stop the Free Press from printing letters filled with anti-Israel blood libels, any one of which could have been disproven had an editor taken a few minutes to do some research.

There was a time, when these ludicrous claims against Israel would have been recognized as regular old Jew-hatred, and discarded without a second thought. Now, both sides must be given a forum, the good and the evil, the true and the false.

This is good journalism?

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At 9:44 AM, Blogger Mrs. C said...

I'm not sure that it's "good" journalism, even in the most peaceful of times, but it's fer sure "irresponsible" journalism. Somewhere there is a fine line between having an opinion and being able to express it ... and saying whatever pops into your head because you dang well feel like it.

I'm still thinking of the 'ham sandwich for Israel' in the video you posted a long time ago. There are lies that are funny and some that really aren't. God bless ya.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Pen of Jen said...

OK what to say first? This treatment that the media does for those that are evil is beyond disturbing.

The trials and ordeals that Israel have dealt with thus far in their short national history...are more than most nations deal with.

But our own country elevating those that created Kwanzaa and altering the evils of politicians for the party are just as atrocious. Kennedy sitting so long in office is repugnant to me. He became the living martyr of JFK and therefore could do no wrong.

For the Islamic countries that surround Israel...some may not be outspoken as they need not be, as the US and the world is so anti-Israel now. We recognize terror groups and put rogue countries over human rights violations in the UN...

Oh and the very fact that the UN has maps that do not have Israel on it, and that we the host country continue to support the UN only means one thing to the must be ok.

Believe me Harry, in my faith all these things line up with the Bible.(I am not trying to push any belief, but I know that as soon as we completely remove God from everything here in the US, then Israel is in far greater trouble than they imagine)

Oh and to answer if this is good journalism? Journalism does not exist anymore in the good or bad are they are all sharing their beliefs and ideologies not reporting to us, the public, anything.

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Harry said...

mrs. c,
The ham sandwich for Israel - insanity that will stand the test of time. The insanity of the MSM though, will destroy people's trust. It's destroyed mine.

I'm not going to pretend that things were wonderful when religion and God were more accepted in the public square, but it certainly seems that in the largely successful effort to marginalize God, we've lost something as a society. We've lost our spiritual center, and we're trying to replace it with a secular non belief system. We don't have anything that we can believe in (except for Obama and the Environment). This leaves a huge opening for Islam, and we've weakened ourselves so much it's much harder to fight than it should be. Not to mention that fact that evil has been renamed good, good renamed evil, etc.


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