Monday, May 20, 2013

Possible HP Bias: Israeli "FM" Makes Statement

Over the weekend, the Huffington Post covered the news that Israeli minister Yair Lapid made a statement about which direction the peace process should go. In a possible display of bias, this was the headline they chose for the article:


If you can't read the headline, it says "Israeli FM Seeks Interim Peace Deal with Palestine." The "Palestine" part isn't a big deal, frankly I'm surprised we don't see more of that from the HP. It's the "FM" part.

From your gut, what does "FM" stand for? Well, this guy is making statements about peace deals, and the HP has always used the abbreviation "FM" when referring to Avigdor Lieberman when he was in the Israeli cabinet as foreign minister, so I guess "FM" stands for foreign minister.

But no, Lapid is Israel's Finance Minister. Why didn't the HuffPost point that out? Why make his position ambiguous to the readership? My guess is to make Lapid seem more influential than he really is, which would make his statement more important than it is, which would bring in the clicks. And it seems to be working, 200 comments so far, mostly blaming Israel for the lack of peace. Just another day on the HP.

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