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May 17, 2005

Satire Passes for News at AP

Had I been trying to write a satire of journalistic double-speak, I could not have done any better. In an article yesterday about Israel's decision to begin building the security barrier around Maaleh Adumim, Ramit Plushnick-Masti of the Associated Press contradicted herself:

A separate bypass road will be built to allow Palestinians free access between West Bank cities, and a small entrance to Jerusalem will be left open for Palestinians traveling from Jericho, the officials said.

However, West Bank Palestinians will be cut off from the more than 200,000 Palestinians who live in east Jerusalem.

Got that? A road will lead from the Palestinian town of Jericho (in the West Bank) to Jerusalem, yet West Bank Palestinians will be cut off from Jerusalem.

Posted by TS at May 17, 2005 05:21 AM