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June 09, 2005

Ha'aretz News Reporter Just Can't Help Himself

The Israel Press Council's Rules of Professional Ethics of Journalism states, "A newspaper and a journalist shall distinguish in the publication between news items and opinion." Ha'aretz news writer David Ratner either isn't aware of this basic journalistic guideline, or simply doesn't care.

In a NEWS story yesterday about residents of the West Bank settlement of Homesh protesting the visit of Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Ratner editorialized:

The media later reported that Mofaz was cursed during his visit, which was chaotic. However, in a country where real curses related to the profession of the mother of the object of the curse, the settlers are tame--they call someone "wicked" and hope the children aren't listening. They shout "Stalin" and "Auschwitz" and scare themselves.

It really is a wonder--and a scary one at that--that American news outlets consider Ha'aretz a reliable news source.

Posted by TS at June 9, 2005 02:52 AM