Greenwald: Who’s covering Israel/Palestine? Not the MSM.

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GazareporterHere's another great shot by Sameh Habeeb from his show at the Dadabase Gallery in Vancouver of photos from Gaza, called Victim's Victims. Habeeb worked for Iranian television during the onslaught, so I am going to assume that this journalist is also working for Press TV, the Iranian outfit (thereby violating the First rule of journalism: When you assume you make an ass out of u and me.) 

Reports from my email:

Hope you caught Bill Moyers's interview with Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald last night.

Moyers asked what issues are not being covered by the MSM. Greenwald mentioned (1) torture and the lawlessness of the Bush Administration, and (2) the inability to have a debate on Israel-Palestine in the media. Israel/Palestine is one issue where 70% of Americans think we should be fair
to both sides. Now the Israeli government has a racist element in
it. However, he said, this is never covered/revealed by the MSM.

Huh. They're covering this stuff in the Muslim world…

14 Responses

  1. Gert
    April 4, 2009, 1:50 pm

    "Israel/Palestine is one issue where 70% of Americans think we should be fair to both sides."

    Crikey, if that's true they're gonna feel sooooo duped when the truth finally comes out… But will it?

  2. Richard Witty
    April 4, 2009, 3:58 pm

    I agree that relative to the larger mass media, it must feel like swimming upstream, that the "democratic" media is overwhelmed, not listened to.

    I expect that Israel feels the same, that its perspective is not listened in the sea that it swims, that the Arab press excludes the Israeli reasoning as a peer and relevant voice (accurate or not).

    And, that those that were formerly left or use a demeaning phrase PEP, are also swimming upstream within their/our worlds.

    Each institutionally politically correct, but by each different criteria, logic and means of exclusion.

  3. Julian
    April 4, 2009, 4:40 pm

    "Israel/Palestine is one issue where 70% of Americans think we should be fair to both sides."

    What was the question? I can't imagine if people are asked if America should be fair, anyone would say no.

  4. Chris Berel
    April 4, 2009, 4:45 pm

    But America is being fair. What it won't do, is consider the Palestinian side as anything it isn't.

  5. Colin Murray
    April 4, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Some other stories not being covered in the American MSM:

    US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats
    Shocking! not

    Israeli papers brush women out of cabinet
    Those Islamic extremists are at it again …. Oh wait, my bad, this didn't happen in an Islamic country … I guess everyone has extremists. Whouldathunkit?

    Economist: US collapse driven by 'fraud,' Geithner covering it up
    I sure hope this guy is wrong, but I doubt it.

  6. ahmed
    April 4, 2009, 7:17 pm

    Very interesting tidbit in IHT's archives sampling, "100, 75, 50 years ago

    The first item is about a revolt by Arab soldiers, the second is this:

    1934 Nazis Creating Palestine ‘Tension’

    Paris Considerable “tension” is being caused in Palestine by Nazi propaganda, according to Dr. Joseph Wilson Cochran, former pastor of the American Church of Paris, who has just returned from a two-month trip in the Near East. Dr. Cochran included in his itinerary an inspection of military schools, hospitals and orphanages. “Our stay in Palestine was especially enlightening,” said Dr. Cochran. “Throughout the country every effort is being made to push Nazi propaganda. A Nazi newspaper is published in Palestine, and its publishers are trying to have it distributed in the Y.M.C.A.

  7. Dagon
    April 4, 2009, 9:58 pm

    On any given day on Aljazeera tv, I see more israelis and zionists being interviewed than the total of all arabs on MSM for the whole year.When was the last time you've seen arabs giving the arab street pov,other than ajami,manji,farah,hersi,walid and all the rest of the stooges.Usually MSM brings mid-east specialists ,arab world experts.They are always israelis or zionists.

  8. dance
    April 4, 2009, 11:12 pm

    This is Sameh's blog, Gaza Strip, the Untold Story. He updated it all throughout the slaughter. His pictures have also appeared on Sky network (online, at least), and I am sure, other places. He has been in the U.K. recently.

  9. Paul Malfara
    April 4, 2009, 11:22 pm

    Phil and the rest,

    You failed to point out the most interesting part of the interview, which was that as soon as Glenn mentioned the I/P conflict and how American government policy and the "establishment" was out of step with public opinion, Bill Moyers IMMEDIATELY changed the topic. Not surprising at all, for while he pays lip service to independent journalism, Bill isn't really independent, unlike Glenn and Amy.


  10. Shirin
    April 5, 2009, 1:44 am

    Just for the record, and in the interest of accuracy, Manji and Hirsi Ali are not Arabs. They ARE disaffected Muslims who jumped on the money train as professional islamophobes.

  11. Shirin
    April 5, 2009, 1:48 am

    PS Nor are Manji and Hirsi Ali even remotely qualified to speak as experts on anything, including Islam. They certainly have no academic or experiencial credentials that make them experts on the Arab street or anything else Arab. They don't even know Arabic.

  12. Citizen
    April 5, 2009, 10:25 am

    Moyers seems pretty objective here–scroll about half way down to get to Gaza Q & A: link to

  13. Mohammad
    April 5, 2009, 1:21 pm

    This is Sameh himself in the photograph.

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