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July 09, 2009

Washington Times Scoops Post on Checkpoints

Israel made front-page news two days in a row at The Washington Times. "Israel silent with U.S. on Iran strike", July 7, an exclusive by Eli Lake, asserted that Israel would not ask the United States for tacit approval of an attack against Iran's nuclear program. "Israel loosens its grip in West Bank", July 8, by Joshua Mitnick featured the reduction by half of Israeli West Bank checkpoints. This is to allow greater freedom of movement for Arab inhabitants, a long-standing Palestinian demand and U.S. recommendation.

The substance of both articles was timely and newsworthy, yet neither case warranted even a news brief in The Washington Post. Of course, The Post and The Times will often differ in news judgment and enterprise. But the absence of these major items -- particularly when The Post has focused on both topics, including recent Israeli actions in the West Bank, such as settlement building -- seems noteworthy itself. Post readers, including CAMERA members, have raised these issues with the newspaper. Will the gap be filled, and if so, how?
-A.L.

Posted by ER at July 9, 2009 05:04 PM

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