Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Biased Reporting Leads to Hate (Again)

As we have discussed on many occasions, one of the all time favorite talking points among Israel haters is the  "my tax dollars" argument. We haven't seen it as much lately, but often an "end aid to Israel" remark is found at the end of long multi-paragraph rants about everything from Iran to 9/11. Professional Israel hater Josh Ruebner in particular is a fan of insisting that if America stopped aid to Israel every progressive cause you can think of will suddenly be rolling in dough.

The difference between an Israel hater and someone who actually cares about the financial stability of the United States is that an Israel hater will want to reduce aid to Israel, while someone who actually cares about America will want to reduce aid to all foreign countries. Rand Paul is an example of the latter, while the Huffington Post is an example of the former. We see exactly how that plays out in this latest article about Rand's trip to Israel and his statements there, published yesterday. Check out the outside headline:

As usual, that's half of the story. Now check out the inside headline:

And compare it with the Washington Post's version:

The Huffington Post headlines only tell half the story. He wants all aid reduced, not just aid to Israel. Now let's take a look at the actual article:
"It will harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money. It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process," he told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an Israeli think tank. "I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits ... you destroy your currency by spending money you don't have."
"Paul insisted Washington should first cut aid to countries with strained ties to America, such as Pakistan and Egypt, and only later wean Israel off aid. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously stated he was interested in doing that."
That last paragraph in particular shows that unlike the Huffington Post and his readership, Paul is not coming from a place of prejudice. Yet how many people do you think actually bothered to read the article? As usual, the haters came marching in. Notice how it's all about hating Israel, and not about America. Notice also how politicians going to foreign countries is suddenly fine when they say what the Huffington Posters want to hear:

And finally, some anti-Semitism, just so you know it's a Huffington Post article:

1 comment:

  1. No fair minded, reasonable person reads the Huffington Post and believes their propaganda. The only reasons to read it at all, is to find out what the extremists are saying and to cite bad examples of journalism.


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