Factchecking Mort Zuckerman

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Writes a friend:

Mort Zuckerman, publisher of the Daily News and editor of U.S. News, goes on to Huffington Post to complain about media bias against Israel: "The Story You Aren't Hearing About Israel." But the incident he leads with didn't happen in Israel. It happened in the Occupied Territories. Zuckerman:
you hear about the two policemen who stopped to help a driver stuck
with a flat–and were shot to death in the head at point-blank range?
you know about the 120-kilogram bomb planted in a parking lot adjacent
to a shopping mall where thousands of people were milling about the
stores, restaurants, and movie theaters?
No, of course, you
didn't. These are just two everyday incidents of the ordeal confronted
by people in Israel while the world and the political leaders look away.
The shooting took place near Jericho in the occupied West Bank, the bombing in Haifa.

"The policemen died because Israel eased restrictions on movement in the Nablus area of the West Bank. "

They died because of the occupation — the one  Zuck refuses to
mention. Do a search of the piece. You won't find the word occupation,
or occupied. Gotta wait till the comments start.

"Ordinary Israelis despair of the cruel bias." 
What–the bias that doesn't bother telling US readers that the West Bank, which by the way Zuckerman describes in biblical terms as Judea and Samaria, is occupied and not part of Israel?
Also look how sophisticated he is;  he thinks Gazans are Shiites:
"Even the lure of billions of dollars in aid has not brought Fatah Sunnis in Judea and Samaria, i.e., the West Bank, any closer to Shiite supporters of Hamas in Gaza."
Most Palestinians are Sunnis, Hamas included.

5 Responses

  1. syvanen
    April 15, 2009, 4:36 am

    The fact that Israelis (and their American supporters) do not distinquish between pre 1967 borders and what we call Israel and the west bank is because they accept those lands as Israel. Look at the road maps that are now accepted by all Israelis. There is no green line. The borders of Israel are shown between Jordan and the Mediterranean. These guys have already internalized the annexation of the west bank into Israel. Zuckerman cannot make that distinction because in his thinking it does not exist.

    This is America's dilemma. We (official diplomatic positions based on our state department) think of Israel as residing inside the green line while the facts on the ground show that it includes the west bank. Zuckerman accepts these facts on the ground as the new reality. He is probably right. If so doesn't this make the whole idea of a two state solution utterly absurd?

  2. Mark Regev
    April 15, 2009, 7:17 am

    Excellent piece.

    I'm completely stunned on how this guy could be looked at even remotely objective after this piece. To claim anti-Israeli bias -in U.S. media- is positively outrageous. How can this guy even claim an objective journalistic position from this point forward?

    Its even more telling that his complete blindness to the occupied territories is what I observe with people on a daily basis. So many Americans are even unaware of the illegal settlers, how they're funded with US tax dollars (through tax deductible donations) even though the US opposes them. Americans are unaware of the various historical and contemporary problems these settlers have posed.

    Mort Zuckerman's viewpoint is so grotesquely colored by his bias, that his credibility as a journalist should be pulled. Its even more frightening that he is an editor.

  3. Israel Lobby Archive
    April 15, 2009, 8:43 am

    In the future, all opinion journalists publishing online will have to substantiate every fact with a hyperlink to source documents, video, images, maps, polls. Zuckerman and his mag are dinosaurs, believing that if an assertion is made passionately enough, with a loud enough megaphone, it will be believed.

    His time is passing, Phil's is only dawning.

  4. Gert
    April 15, 2009, 9:11 am

    Bweurk, Ziopuke in action…

    In other news, George Galloway's brainchild Viva Palestina (and now apparently viva Palestina US) is being investigated by the Charity Commission. Galloway, in charcteristic style, intends to fight back… by going on the attack!

  5. Stewie "Chris Berel" Babykins
    April 16, 2009, 12:22 pm

    It's not my style to substantiate what I say with a hyperlink sourcing documentation. I prefer
    to just cast out obviously one-sided narrative assumptions as if they were actual facts. When somebody disagrees, I just repeat myself–and add new one-sided narrative assumptions. That's my shtick.

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