Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An Observation

Matt commented yesterday on the Huffington Posts' latest "die Israel die" article, which is about the government shutting down what the not at all biased headline called a "dovish" radio station. Naturally what followed was a deluge of comments screeching about how Israel is not a democracy because it silences free speech. As you might expect, I disagree with both sides of the story: Israel certainly seems to be in the wrong to shut down the radio station (though they say that it's because they were broadcasting illegally) but I'm also not willing to jump on the HuffPoster hate train.

That being said, I thought I'd take a look at the website of the organization to see what I could find. Long story short they say they want each side to hear the others' point of view and help make peace that way. A lot of the actual broadcasting is music, though they also have interviews. It all looked pretty legit until I saw their sponsor page:

There isn't a single Israeli, Arab, or Palestinian organization in the entire list. They are entirely funded by foreign sources, including foreign governments. Obviously, this doesn't mean that they should have been shut down, but it does prompt me to ask two questions:

1. Were they saying what they really believed, or what their European and American backers wanted them to say?

2. How would the Huffington Posters react to a foreign funded pro-Israel radio station operating in America? Or really any exclusively foreign funded radio station at all?

1 comment:

  1. How come this story on the loss of press freedom in South Africa doesn't even seem to allow comments?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20111122/af-south-africa-secrets-bill/

    ReplyDelete

Hey guys we've started to employ a slight comment policy. We used to have completely open comments but then people abused it. So our comment policy is such: No obvious trolling or spamming. And be warned: unlike the Huffington Post we actually enforce our comment policy.