jeudi, novembre 29, 2007

On the Media


If you're going to air a segment titled "Israelis, Palestinians Doubt Peace Talks" and include as an example a Jewish woman proclaiming, "The two state solution will never work because the Arabs cannot be trusted. They have proven this in history time and again. They have never kept their word," couch it properly. That's not what I call doubt but something much more sinister. The NPR reporter's choice to identify the woman, Rachel Heller-Bernstein, as a grandmother of 18 wounded at a Palestinian bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket is an odd inclusion given the decision to not frame her perspective as patently prejudiced even if that prejudice is a product of a personal trauma related to a sustained bitter conflict.