fix articles 209841, roger cohen
Heightened US/Russian Tensions (tags)
Media Scoundrels on the Wrong Side of History (tags)
Spinning the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process (tags)
New York Times Misinformation on Syria (tags)
Fascism Wins Big in Israel (tags)
Planned Regime Change in Syria (tags)
What Passes for Journalism and Opinion in America (tags)
Iran's Election and US - Iranian Relations (tags)
evidence US instigating protests and violence
Ritual Gloating Postmortems - The Corporate Media v. Hugo Chavez (tags)
Relentless media bashing of Hugo Chavez.
Double Standards of Morality: The Age of Terror (tags)
This reluctance to confront unpleasant truths diminishes the reader or viewer for whom Middle East reporting in the US media is almost incomprehensible to anyone who does not know the region. It also has its trickle-down effects even in theatres, universities and schools in America. The case of the play about Rachel Corrie--the young US activist twice run over by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes--taken off the New York stage was one of the more deplorable of these. I was also surprised in the Bronx to find that Fieldston, a private school in Riverdale--was forced to cancel a college meeting with two Palestinian lecturers when parents objected to the absence of an Israeli on the panel. The fact that Israeli speakers were to be invited later made no difference. The school's principal later announced that the meeting would "not be appropriate given t! he sensitivity and complexity of the issue". Complex problems are supposed to be explained. But this could not be explained because, well, it was too complex and--the truth--would upset the usual Israeli lobbyists.