|Protesting Anti-Israel Propaganda in the Los Angeles Times and Beyond|
11, 2006 - page 30 headline
PALESTINIAN VOTE ON STATEHOOD PLAN SET FOR JULY
LA Times Insists On Misleading The American Public
The LA Times is not interested in honest journalism when it comes to Israel. It is committed to advocating the extremist Arab line and does not waver in its blatant bias. Today's report "Palestinian Vote On Statehood Plan Is Set For July" is rife with pro-Arab distortion and outright misrepresentation (6/11/06, p. 30 - read TEXT).
Most significantly, the LA Times continues to minimize and excuse PLO rocket attacks as "relatively ineffectual", insisting on the outright misrepresentation they published on May 31, that such attacks "rarely cause casualties on the Israeli side" (5/31/06, "Israelis Enter Gaza To Confront Rocket-Firing Attackers", p. 18 - read TEXT). In fact PLO rockets, a weapon of terror, are taking an increasingly severe toll on Israeli lives and property, and nearly always cause damage of some kind: see JPost, Insider 2, Insider 3, Insider 4, and Watch Oct 5 '04
Don't believe the claim the LA Times
makes about what the Israeli military said. It certainly
is not the military view after today's barrage of
rockets. see Arutz, Israel Insider It is their
interpretation of what the military
said. They routinely paraphrase Israel's military
statements to serve their PLO propaganda purposes, i.e.
in order to mislead their readers. A good example is
their frequent use of the word "militants"
when Israel uses the word "terrorists".
July 5, 2006 - Special Report
LA Times Again Sinks To Its Worst
The last couple of weeks have seen a steady escalation of the LA Times propaganda war against Israel. On Thursday of last week (6/30/06), they returned their World News to the front of the main section after briefly experimenting with placing it at the back, behind the National News. That effectively amplifies their recently raised anti-Israel rhetoric.
In addition, a major scandal broke out over the NY Times and LA Times leaking the details of a secret Government anti-terrorism program. see E&P US Congressman Peter King called the NY Times "treasonous" and demanded they be prosecuted. see CBC and Register The blogoshpere is justifiably full of scorn and derision for a mainstream media which continues to do its utmost to undermine American anti-terrorism efforts. see Patterico and LA Observed
With Israel's response to the Hamas abduction of one of its soldiers still in progress, the media's latest pro-terrorist machinations are; attempting to distinguish between "the military wing" of Hamas and Hamas "leaders", repeating the outright lie over and over that "Hamas observed the cease-fire"; blaming the crisis on Israel; and glorifying and encouraging Hamas' defiance etc. In fact just one LA Times sub-heading on Monday summed up their nonsensical anti-Israel distortions on Gaza (7/2/06, "Both Sides In Gaza Standoff Have Much To Lose", p. 9 - read TEXT):
Note their characterization of
Gaza's terrorist-run, rocket-firing, war criminal, regime
as a "test model for Palestinian Statehood".
This sub-heading essentially says - Gaza's problems are
Israel's fault and defending itself against Hamas helps
Hamas. The only question is, which supporter of Israel is
so lacking in self respect as to buy this PLO garbage?
July 12, 2006 - Special Report
ISRAELI FORCES LEVEL HAMAS SAFE HOUSE; 6 SLAIN
Extremist LA Times Fights For Hamas
The Hamas building Israel allegedly attacked yesterday was a "safe house" according to today's report in the LA Times (7/12/06, "Israeli Forces Level Hamas Safe House; 6 Slain", p. 5 - read TEXT). In their view, Hamas, an organization that fires rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians (a war crime), is entitled to designate its terrorist's house a "safe house". This alone exemplifies the LA Times extreme compulsion to defend the most violent of PLO terrorists and demonize their Israeli victims.
Of course it only starts at the headline. Under the authorship of Rushdie Abu Alouf and the viscerally anti-Israel Laura King the LA Times went on to issue a veiled threat against Israel on behalf of its Hamas ally:
Cleverly diluted with a flattering
remark about Israeli intelligence, they casually suggest
Hamas will harm the soldier if Israel makes a move. As if
Hamas could be entrusted to treat poor captive Corporal
Shalit well, make him comfortable, show him their
hospitality, if Israel just refrains from acting. What an
insult to our intelligence! As today's tragic events on
the Lebanese border demonstrate, it is Israeli inaction
("restraint") which has led to fighting Arab
terrorism on two fronts with two more Israeli soldiers
now captive. see JPost
The daily propaganda war the LA
Times is fighting for Hamas is intensifying and growing
ever more extreme. Just take a look at today's article see Israeli Forces and the
previous two days, all fanatically focused on the Arab
side of the story; (7/11/06, "Israel Says Only
Hand-Over Will End Fight", p. 4 - read TEXT; 7/10/06,
"Threat To Civilians Burgeons In Gaza", p. 4 - read TEXT). The
front section attacks on Israel have again become daily
July 15, 2006 - front page main headline
MILITANTS WARN OF 'OPEN WAR'
Disproportionate Anti-Israel Bias From The LA Times
It is to be expected that coverage of the current security crisis in Israel will be considerable. Contrary to the LA Times claim that Israel's response to unprovoked Lebanese aggression has been "disproportionate", it is the anti-Israel bias in LA Times coverage that is disproportionate, and demonstrates their commitment to Arab interests, not the US.
Despite the outrageous Lebanese attack that started the current crisis see VOA, AFP, the LA Times consistently portrays Israel as the aggressor (7/14/06, "Israel Blocks Lebanese Coast", front page, 8 - read TEXT), excuses and glorifies the terrorists by calling them "militants" (7/15/06, "Militants Warn of 'Open War'", front page, 9 - read TEXT) and by paying homage to Hezbollah leader Nasrallah (7/15/06, "Leader Banks On History Of 'Resistance'", p. 8), and criticizes Israel for having "over-reacted" with a "disproportionate" response (7/14/06, "Israel's Risky Response", page B12 - read TEXT).
Here's an example of an outrageous LA Times distortion of the facts, suggesting that Hezbollah's raining rockets on Northern Israel was "retaliation" for Israeli aggression. Most of Israel's attacks, and in particular the one on Southern Beirut, came after Hezbollah rained down rockets on Northern Israel:
The LA Times Is Speaking For Arab
Interests, Not The US
It is obviously in the US interest
to have an extremist US-hating terrorist group like
Hezbollah destroyed. see CBS The LA
Times which, along with the NY Times, has recently been
condemned for its treasonous exposure of a US
counter-terrorist program, is speaking for Arab
interests, not the US. see CBC, Register, and Patterico
July 22, 2006 - Special Report
Non-Stop LA Times Propaganda For Hezbollah
Today was the ninth straight day of LA Times front page saturation coverage with a blatant pro-Hezbollah bias (see above for previous reports). Saturday's paper was full of the suffering Lebanese while almost bereft of coverage of the equally suffering Israelis. see JPost Megan Stack writes prosaically on Arab suffering, a style that often seems like she is making it up, and maybe she is (7/22/06, "Fleeing For Their Lives Into The Grim Unkown", front page, 10 - read TEXT). Stack pointedly omits any analysis of the connections of 'civilian' victims to Hezbollah terrorism. In contrast Israelis are pictured allegedly having fun on the beach in Tel Aviv (7/22/06, "With War On, Shoppers' Small Talk Not So Small", p. 12 - read TEXT). This is straight out character assassination.
As cover for their continuing Arab propaganda onslaught the LA Times includes another Op-Ed on the Israel side, buried in the B section of the paper (7/22/06, "'Civilian Casualty'? - That's A Gray Area", p. B17 - read TEXT), an excellent Dershowitz piece well worth the read. This, the LA Times figures, gives them plausible deniability of the blatant pro-Hezbollah bias in their extensive daily front section reporting.
You can read most of the LA Times articles at the pro-Israel website of United Jerusalem (we boycott the LA Times website) - just click on the Los Angeles Times link for a list of articles. Subscribers, please call 1-800-252-9141 to cancel and let us know at email@example.com and let all your friends know about Join the Boycott. Thank you
30, 2006 - Special Report
Israel's Side Of The Story Not Told At The LA Times
The volume of LA Times coverage of the current strife in Israel and Lebanon is so overwhelming that it would take a team of boycotters, akin to their overstaffed foreign desk, to cover it all. Suffice to say that after a mountain of almost exclusively Arab-centric coverage, the public in Southern California can have little concept of the degree of suffering going on in Israel. see Israel Insider They surely know what is going on in Lebanon because the LA Times has shoved it in their faces for two weeks without break. In the last several days though, they have interspersed it with pictures of Israeli soldiers, such that the impression is either one of Lebanese suffering or Israeli aggression (7/29/06 "Israel Rejects Peace Offer", front page, 13 - read TEXT). Israel's daily suffering under a constant barrage of Hezbollah rockets fired indiscriminately at civilians has been minimally covered. In major articles it is usually confined to a few lines at or near the end (see e.g. 7/28/06, "Israel Begins To Mobilize Reservists", front page, 10-11, - read TEXT).
On Saturday they did report on Israelis living in shelters, with accompanying pictures (7/29/06, "Keeping Faith Underground", p. 12 - read TEXT), a belated token piece. However, when giving minimal coverage to one side while exaggerating the other, over a sustained period of time, the propaganda effect is clear. The familiar conclusion is warranted that Israel's side of the story is simply not told at the blatantly pro-Arab LA Times. see Watch 4/1/04, letter
Another Trick Of The LA Times Propaganda Machine
Another trick in the seemingly limitless arsenal of propaganda weapons is the LA Times repetition of the ludicrous Arab claim that it is biased in favor of Israel (7/30/06, "O.C. Rally Calls For Halt In Lebanon", front page B Section, 10 - read TEXT). We would understand an Arab claim that the LA Times is not pro-Arab enough for the extremists who rally in support of terrorism. But the reality is, the LA Times is that extremist pro-terrorist.
ADL Violates LA Times Boycott - Squanders Funds On LA Times Ad
Yet another communal organization, the ADL, has violated the LA Times Boycott and squandered valuable Tzedaka funds on an ad in the paper (7/28/06, page B5). In a half page ad that likely cost thousands, the ADL printed messages of support for Israel made by Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa at the July 23 Federation Rally for Israel. The LA Times rewarded the ADL for its foolishness. Above the ad, the Editors decided to place a picture of two anti-Israel protesters, one carrying a placard stating "Jews Against Zionist Aggression", the other a placard giving contact information for the extremists. The effect was to greatly diminish the message of the ADL ad, showing it a mocking contempt. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, it may even have trumped the ADL ad. We can only pity the ADL for its naivety, and advise boycotters never to donate to the ADL because of the possibility it will again violate the LA Times Boycott and squander donations on this contemptible newspaper.
Bottom line: Cost of the ADL's pro-Israel message - thousands. Cost of the anti-Israel extremists' message - gratuitous. Friends of Israel cannot win when dealing with the anti-Israel LA Times. Solution - Join the Boycott.
Mel Gibson's Anti-Semitism Exposed
We can however point to one good thing the LA Times did. They reported the anti-semitism in Mel Gibson's abusive behaviour following his DUI arrest on PCH, a story that was exposed by a website known as TMZ (7/30/06, p. 32). Gibson's anti-semitism became apparent in his recent The Passion of The Christ movie. But he argued vociferously that he, and the movie, were not anti-semitic despite its classic slurs of Jews. Now Gibson has nowhere to hide after his cowardly tirade against Jews upon his arrest. Join the Boycott advises a total boycott of all Mel Gibson movies. Say goodbye to Mad Max.
But Seattle Terrorist Excused And Explained
But in a more familiar terrorist sympathizing mode, the LA Times eulogized Naveed Haq, a Pakistani who walked into the Seattle Jewish Federation and shot and killed 1 lady, Pam Wechter, and injured 6 others (7/30/06, "Friends Had No Idea He Was Violent", p. 22 - read TEXT). see Seattle Times The LA Times portrayed Haq as a pitiful, but not a violent man. They devoted as much attention to him as to his many victims.
No-one has an excuse for buying (or advertising in) a non-stop anti-Israel propaganda machine like the LA Times. Subscribers, please call 1-800-252-9141 to cancel and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and let all your friends know about Join the Boycott. Those who want to continue reading LA Times articles while boycotting the paper, you can catch most of the articles at the pro-Israel website of United Jerusalem (we boycott the LA Times website) - just click on the Los Angeles Times link for a list of articles. Please direct letters of protest to the LA Times to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and CC to email@example.com Thank you.
August 3, 2006 - Special Boycott Report
Favor For Israel Reserved For Boycott Day At The LA Times
On Tisha B'Av, the day of Join the Boycott's latest campaign to boycott the anti-Israel media, the LA Times suddenly placed on its front page, the first significant headlines favorable to Israel of the three-week old Lebanon War. In "Most Back Israel, Split On US Role", the LA Times published a poll showing that a majority of the US public backs Israel, but is divided over what role the US should play (8/3/06, front page, 14). And in a second front page article "Hezbollah Steps Up Barrage" the LA Times reported on yesterday's barrage of over 200 rockets (there were 150 more today) which killed 1 and injured hundreds see Israel Insider (8/3/06, front page, 12 - read TEXT).
But favorable headlines notwithstanding, consideration for Israel was superficial. The content of the reports remains flawed. Despite the fact that Hezbollah is a recognized terrorist organization which intentionally fires rockets at civilians with intent to cause maximum death and injury, it is Israel, defending itself against these lawless criminals, which is the sole object of LA Times criticism on so-called "human rights". On the recent Kana tragedy they write:
What a despicable anti-Israel,
anti-semitic distortion this is. They pointedly omitted
Human Rights condemnation of Hezbollah's tactics of (a)
firing intentionally at Israeli civilians and (b) using
their own population as human shields. see Aish and HRW This is an
outrage. Even Amnesty International, certainly no friend
of Israel NGO Monitor,
recognizes that the intentional targeting of civilians by
terrorists is a "crime against humanity". see AI
August 5, 2006 - Special Report
Virulently Anti-Israel Tracy Wilkinson Again Sneaking Into Israel
There are too many hostile LA Times reporters in Israel already with little to do but write daily anti-Israel propaganda. However, the LA Times had now added its most reviled and most virulently anti-Israel reporter, Tracy Wilkinson, to its inflammatory mix, and she is already agitating against Israel. In a carefully chosen assignment meant to cover her real purpose for being there, Wilkinson covered funerals of recent victims of Hezbollah rockets (8/5/06, "Unnerved Israeli City Buries Its Dead", front page, 12 - read TEXT). But unable to resist her natural extreme anti-Israel impulses, she exploits her assignment to agitate against Israel's conduct of the war with these carefully selected quotes, the first of which was highlighted in large text in a box in the middle of the article:
Wilkinson A Menace To Peace
August 8, 2006 - Special Report
LA Times Assembles Team Hezbollah
Tracy Wilkinson and Megan Stack are the two most hostile anti-Israel reporters at the LA Times. Add to them Ashraf Khalil filing daily reports from Gaza that the PLO would be proud of see Israel Is Accused, Kim Murphy with her hostile anti-Israel reports from Syria, and Paul Richter's often acerbic remarks on Israel on the home front, and you can see the LA Times has assembled a veritable Team Hezbollah. A custom-made propaganda force glorifying the Hezbollah terrorists and demonizing Israel, and burying the truth under a mountain of distortion.
We are already seeing the results. Wilkinson reporting from Northern Israel and Stack continuing her Hezbollah propaganda campaign from Southern Lebanon teamed up to put together today's report (how?) which cunningly and calculatedly refers to an Israeli attack on Beirut as "terrifying", a clear attempt to score PR points for Hezbollah and turn the truth on its head (8/8/06, "Israel Vows To Widen War On Hezbollah", p. 5 - read TEXT). The implication is that, in the LA Times view, Israel is the terrorist and Hezbollah is just defending itself.... another outrageous distortion:
Also necessary to note is the return
of more oppressive Arab-centric coverage after a slight
improvement in the proportion of coverage of Israel over
the last several days, though it never reached an
acceptable level of balance. Today's coverage was
fanatically focused on Arab interests. Of the five major
front section articles, only one looked at Israel's side,
four at the Arab side. And it is only likely to get
worse. An Editorial "Diplomatic Semantics"
(online the title was "Bush's Change Of Heart")
was typical of the LA Times, preaching to Israel that it
should put more faith in diplomacy (8/8/06, p. B12 - read TEXT). Perhaps
the same faith it put in UN Resolution 1559, under which
Lebanon was supposed to, but failed to disarm Hezbollah,
with UN complicity, thereby setting up today's conflict.
August 20, 2006 - front page headline
ISRAELI INCURSION STRAINS TRUCE
A Mocking Contempt For Jews At The LA Times
The gross imbalance in LA Times reporting in favor of the Arabs shows no sign of letting up. Day after day we see large photo displays of damage in Lebanon while the extensive damage in Israel is seldom shown. There are consistently three or four times the number of articles dealing with the Arab side of the story than with Israel's side.
There is an endless stream of articles on Lebanese suffering and promoting Hezbollah (8/17/06, "Trading Guns For Bulldozers", front page, 6 - read TEXT). Articles on Israel lay blame on it for negative developments, impliedly excusing Hezbollah's criminal acts (8/20/06, "Israeli Incursion Strains Truce", front page, 15 - read TEXT), portray Israel as the aggressor (8/13/06, "Hezbollah OKs Truce; Israel Pushes North", front page, 18 - read TEXT), or otherwise negatively image Israel in any way possible (8/10/06, "Old Feud Over Lebanese River Takes New Turn", p. 12-13 - read TEXT).
Adding further insult is the special treatment meted out to those with a pro-Israel message. They are afforded the Editors' mocking contempt. Two recent examples illustrate this graphically. In one, an ADL ad supporting Israel was overshadowed by a gratuitous LA Times photo of anti-Israel demonstrators above the ad see above 'ADL Violates'. In the other, a published letter from Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, decrying LA Times anti-Israel coverage and announcing the cancellation of his subscription (8/13/06, "Times Coverage Is Full Of Holes", p. M2 - read TEXT), was accompanied by a pro-Hezbollah response (8/13/06, "What The Times Isn't Telling You About Hezbollah", p. M2 - read TEXT) by anti-Israel fanatic Salam Al-Marayati, and a display of three cartoons, two anti-Israel and one anti-Hezbollah. In other words, there were 3 anti-Israel features to two pro-Israel on the same page. That is the way the LA Times allows a pro-Israel message while, at the same time, drowning it out.
Join the Boycott commends Rabbi Cooper for canceling. However, we are compelled to ask why a man who has devoted his life to fighting anti-semitism has been buying a newspaper that is anti-semitic and has been pursuing an aggressive non-stop propaganda war against Israel for the last 19 years. see Origins We urge all remaining subscribers to follow Rabbi Cooper's, albeit belated, example, and cancel their anti-Israel LA Times.
Only one article during the war truly captured Israel's side of the story. It was the story of the heroic sacrifice of Michael Levine, an American who made Aliyah and was killed fighting in Lebanon, Z"L (8/12/06, "Soldier Was Determined To Fight For Israel", p. 12 - read TEXT). Surprisingly, it was written by Laura King, another compulsive writer of anti-Israel propaganda. However, in this presentation, she captured Levine's love for Israel.
Otherwise, the LA Times has little sense of (and shows little desire for) Israel's side of the story - Iranian and Syrian support of the terrorists, Hezbollah's liability for war crimes and the UN's failure to prosecute them, Hezbollah's use of their own population as human shields, the media's complicity in Hezbollah's propaganda (a recent Tim Rutten piece at the back of the paper was a notable exception see Lebanon Photos, but is insincere, coming from a person who has steadfastly denied media bias for years ), UN complicity in Hezbollah's activities, the failure of the UN and the Lebanese government to implement its mandates, the support of World Jewry, record Aliyah, etc.
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