Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reuters Isn't Fair & Balanced on Israel

I just read an item on Reuters concerning Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories.

In the Reuters article, Falk states that Israel's defenisve operation in Gaza during December 2008 and January 2009 is "a war crime of the greatest magnitude under international law."

If one were to read the article on its own one would believe that Falk was speaking objectively and without bias. But, of course, Reuters doesn't get around to mentioning that Falk has a history of comparing Israel to the Nazis characterizing Israeli treatment of Palestinians as "genocidal" as I wrote about here last December.

I said it then and I will say it again. Asking Richard Falk to investigate Israeli human rights abuses is like asking Michael Vick to investigate animal cruelty.

But Reuters should have exercised due diligence and acknowledged Falk's anti-Israel bias.

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