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December 11, 2007

Joint Chiefs Reassure Israel --- Not in Washington Post

The New York Times covered it, and The Boston Globe picked up The New York Times' story. The Los Angeles Times covered it, and The Baltimore Sun published The Los Angeles Times’ version.

But the one-day visit on December 10, 2007 to Israel by America’s top military officer, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, didn’t rate even a news brief in the print version of The Washington Post.

The New York Times reported that “Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made an unusual visit to Israel and got a polite earful on Monday about Israel’s gloomy assessment of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Israel thinks than an American intelligence assessment of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, published in an unclassified version last week, is unduly optimistic and focuses too narrowly on the last stage of weapons development — fashioning a bomb from highly enriched uranium.?

The Los Angeles Times said Mullen “reiterated America’s view that Iran continues to mislead nuclear regulators about the extent and intentions of its program.? The Joint Chiefs chairman said of Iran, “their hegemonic views, their regime’s rhetoric, still speaking to the elimination of Israel, is all highly disturbing to me.?

CAMERA frequently criticizes The Washington Post for Arab-Israeli reporting that portrays Israel primarily not as a country and people worthy of coverage on their own, but through a Palestinian filter. The tinted filter shows West Bank and Gaza Strip Arabs as hapless victims of an aggressive Israel. The Post did publish a one-paragraph news brief mentioning the Jewish state in its December 11 edition. Adm. Mullen was filtered out, and this was filtered in:

Palestinian Gunman Killed — A Palestinian gunman was killed and at least two others were wounded by an Israeli missile strike in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, militant sources and medics said. An official from the radical Islamic Jihad organization said the man killed was a member of their group.? — E.R.

Posted by ER at December 11, 2007 05:38 PM


AP reporter Sarah El Deeb, Boston Globe, 12/21/07, "Hamas ..floated the idea of a truce.... Israel rejected the advance, saying there was no need for a truce because if the rocket fire stopped, Israel would have no reason to attack."

Is there any basis in fact for this claim? Who in Israel mase such a statement, if anyone did?

Posted by: bob grossbaum at December 22, 2007 08:39 PM

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