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June 01, 2008

NY Times Story Full But Not Bright

In a May 30th story inexplicably featured on the front page of the New York Times, with an above the fold large photo, reporter Ethan Bronner tells the story of promising Palestinian students who had their Fulbright scholarships to study in America revoked because Israel had allegedly denied them permission to leave Gaza.
The hardcopy version is entitled "Confined, Gaza Students Lose Grants to Study in U.S.," with the sub headline "No Israeli Permission."

But when you turn to page A8, and see yet another large photo of an appealing Palestinian scholar, you learn that

when a query about the canceled Fulbrights was made to the prime minister's office on Thursday, senior officials expressed surprise. They said they did, in fact, consider study abroad to be a humanitarian necessity and that when cases were appealed to them, they would facilitate them. They suggested that American officials never brought the Fulbright cases to their attention.

So a minor story, about a few already well educated students, that perhaps should have been about the incompetence of American officials at the consulate in Jerusalem, somehow became a story focused on supposed Israeli culpability. On the front page of the New York Times.

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Posted by LG at June 1, 2008 12:27 AM


Just a thought -- Why aren't Fulbright students from Gaza exiting the Gaza Strip through Egypt? Is Egypt not permitting them to leave? Isn't this more newsworthy than Israel's reported refusal to let them leave since Gazans are not launching rockets on Egypt on a daily basis?

Posted by: TS at June 1, 2008 03:49 AM

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