Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Why does Umkahlil lie so much?
Isn't the truth good enough for her?

umkahlil: "If you haven't read Chris Hedges' story in Harpers Magazine about the IOF's penchant for killing little boys read here.


# posted by umkahlil @ 12:28 AM "


The October edition of Harper's Magazine features "A Gaza Diary," where reporter Chris Hedges accuses Israeli soldiers of deliberately goading Palestinian children and murdering them for sport.

The Harper's piece is not available online, but Hedges repeated his accusations on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" show (October 30). The audio file is online at: http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/fa/20011030.fa.01.ram To hear the Gaza segment, set the sliding button on your media player to start at 20 minutes.

As a flood of complaints hit NPR over the broadcast of a lopsided interview with Chris Hedges ("Gaza Diary"), Jeffrey Dvorkin, the NPR ombudsman (jdvorkin@npr.org) responded with curt arrogance:

"If you have a problem with Hedges' reporting you might want to contact the NY Times where he is employed and Harper's Magazine which published his article on Gaza."

Does NPR seriously believe it can obviate responsibility for what it broadcasts?

Meanwhile, Danny Miller (dmiller@whyy.org), executive producer of the Hedges radio segment, was far more responsive:

"We should have asked some clarifying followups, exploring this story from the Israeli side: asking why the Israeli government feels it needs to be in the West Bank, and to try to understand the perspective of an Israeli soldier on the front lines."

Apparently all this scrutiny is causing Hedges to back off. Miller reports Hedges as saying:

"I do not think the Israeli army usually or even often baits kids... So I did not want to imply that this was typical, at least from my experience."
http://www.aish.com/jewishissues/mediaobjectivity/Media_Critique_34_Eyeless_In_Gaza.asp

2 Comments:

Blogger SUPERIOR AMERICAN said...

Hey Ibrahamav, I was not attacking you. Why call me a 1 trick pony? Maybe I was mistaken. When I Attacked commies maybe you took it personal? Is Ibrahamav a Russian name?

1:32 PM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

You certainly appear to be a one-trick pony. Whether you attack me or not should have nothing to do with my opinion of you.

Just because a thief hasn't robbed me doesn't mean I shouldn't treat him as a thief.

8:10 PM, November 09, 2005  

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