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May 20, 2003

Bias at Reuters

Hat tip to Allison Kaplan (see post beneath this one) for steering me to this short piece by Arab-speaking RibbityFrog, who notes:
Well, Reuters press agency (Israel) continues to be the main source for supplying blood and gore pics to satisfy the blood-lust of the Arab world. Have a look at this page from Al-Jazeera's Arabic site. If you don't like what you see, call up the photographic department of Reuters Israel on (++ 972 2) 537 0502 and tell them.

Incidentally, the opening paragraph of the article under that photograph reads:

"Palestinian Minister of External Affairs Nabil Sha'ath held Israel responsible for the decline in the security situation in the Palestinian lands. He said following his meeting with the General Secretary of the Arab League, Amr Musa, that Israel is responsible for the freedom-fighter [fada'iyya] operations that Palestinian factions carried out recently, and that it is responsible through its policy and its hindering of the peace process for the failure of the discussions between the Palestinian factions, the aims of which included the cessation of such attacks."

There you go, an honest and direct acceptance of Palestinian responsibility from one of the most senior and "moderate" Palestinian leaders, the man they dubbed the Palestinian Abba Eban (lehavdil). And I'm supposed to believe