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Joan Walsh discloses her religious investment in a political issue

Israel/Palestine

Joan Walsh, on Hardball two nights back:

“The choice issue is a very tough issue, especially for those of us raised Catholic.”

Thank you Joan Walsh.

Under the conventions of journalistic “disclosure,” if a book reviewer shared a ski lift with the author two years before he should tell us that. But if a Jewish journalist was indoctrinated with pro-Israel propaganda his entire life, that’s not considered relevant to his impartiality in covering Israel/Palestine.

Also, let’s be honest. When you read an article on Israel/Palestine or a letter to the editor, isn’t one of the first things you do to check the name and see if the person is Jewish or not? Doing so is not giving in to anti-semitism. It’s a simple way to prepare yourself for possible bias on the part of the reporter or letter-writer. Tell us, reader, do you do that, Likudniks and anti-Zionist readers included?

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