Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A HuffPost Editor's Biases Are Revealed

You may remember Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, the associate producer of HuffPostLive and big fan of Ben White and Ali Abunimah. He has also expanded his circle of influence to include Glenn Greenwald and Carlos Latuff, but believe it or not that isn't what we are talking about today. No, Mr. Shihab-Eldin has decided to take his stunning bias against Israel off of his Twitter feed and back onto the pages of the Huffington Post. This time it's an article about how Israel is "Terrorizing Gaza." Not that you need to be reminded, but Mr. Shihab-Eldin has yet to write an article sympathetic to Israelis. Just wanted to have that on the record before we continue.

The article itself isn't that interesting, at least not at first. Shihab-Eldin mostly provides videos of people like President Morsi making a speech. But the bias managed to shine through anyway:
"Hosni Mubarak, Morsi's predecessor, had complied with Israel's siege on Gaza even as it went against Egyptian popular opinion."
Ah, of course. It's not Israel and Egypt restricting access to Gaza to stop terrorists from getting weapons. Oh no. It's Israel's "siege" of Gaza with which Egypt "complies." Thank goodness that soft racism of low expectations is still given a home on the Huffington Post. Next up:
"Journalist Mohammad Omer, who is living in the Occupied Gaza Strip, provided us with live updates from the Rafah Refugee camp."
Newsflash, Mr. Shihab-Eldin: Gaza is not occupied. Not under international law, not according to Israel, and not according to the Palestinians who live there. It just makes you feel better to say that is because then it looks more like the Palestinians are the victims, so screw the truth, say whatever you want. This is the Huffington Post after all, it's not like anyone is going to care.

The bias continues as he gets closer to the subject of the actual article, the recent fighting:
"In the media and political realm, the word "terror" is often cited by Israel and the US to justify Israel's disproportionate and brutal use of force on Gaza. This happened in 2009, and is happening again today. Israel frames everything through the context of defense against terrorism."
Wow, that mask of impartial journalism fell off his face really quick didn't it? Sorry Ahmed, there's nothing disproportionate or brutal about what Israel is doing. Iran executed more people in the first few days of fighting than Israel killed, and Syria has killed more than 3 times the amount of Palestinians that have died. Not that you actually give a shit, of course. And let's not forget either that America and Israel are hardly the only ones who recognize that Hamas are terrorists or even described the latest crimes against humanity committed by his fellow Palestinians as terror either. When it comes to the Palestinians and Israel, Ahmed doesn't even try to tell the truth. His Palestinian heritage overrules everything, even what journalistic integrity he has left. And remember, he is an associate editor of the Huffington Post.

Enough of that nitpicking! Time for Mr. Shihab-Eldin to prove that Israel is "terrorizing Gaza!" And here we go:
'But many view Israel's occupation, psychological warfare, aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza as terror. Iran's Foreign Ministry described Israel's strikes on Gaza as "organized terrorism." Qatar's Foreign Ministry called Israel's attacks a "filthy crime" that "must not pass without a punishment." "I cannot imagine how terrifying it would be to be living in Gaza today," Emily Hauser, a blogger at The Daily Beast's Open Zion, told me. "The emotion of terror is very, very real on both sides."'
So after using the classic journalist whitewash of saying "many view" instead of "I think," Mr. Shihab-Eldin brings the Huffington Post down to whole new low by referencing the propaganda arm of now one but two radical Islamic theocratic dictatorships. He follow this up by quoting a left-wing blogger. We should care about her opinions why? But at least she is more balanced then he is: pointing out that people are terrorized on both sides.

But it isn't informative that the left-leaning Huffington Post takes their cues from such places as Iran. But now that I think about it, I can't see the last time Ahmed Shihab-Eldin published something negative about Iran. Hm...

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