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:
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?