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August 23, 2009

Media AWOL in Coverage of Majority Leader in Israel


Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), the second ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives as Majority Leader, while on an August fact-finding tour of Israel, granted an important interview to the Jerusalem Post. However, America’s mainstream news media was almost entirely silent about the matter. Was this silence due to the fact that Mr. Hoyer’s statements sharply contradicted the mainstream media’s dominant perspective on settlements (as an obstacle to peace) and the status of Jerusalem (promote Arab control of eastern Jerusalem)? Examples of this perspective: Time Magazine article on settlements, Los Angeles Times article on the status of Jerusalem, Boston Globe commentary on settlements and a New York Times editorial on settlements.

The Post quoted Mr. Hoyer on the settlements issue:

It was a mistake to dwell on the settlements and to make settlement construction the key issue, when it was not.

The Post asked Mr. Hoyer about the status of Jerusalem:

"I think there is a significant difference between what we are talking about in the West Bank and Jerusalem itself, which is an integrated city; which is a whole," he said. "My view is that it will remain whole, and therefore - I don't want to anticipate the endgame - but I don't think the partitioning of Jerusalem is a reasonable outcome. I don't think it will happen."

Posted by MK at August 23, 2009 08:23 PM


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