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March 13, 2011

Guardian Admits Israel is 'Straightforward Target'

Almost a year, ago a board member of Human Rights Watch admitted that the organization "tend[s] to go where there’s action and where we’re going to get reaction.” He added, “We seek the limelight—that’s part of what we do. And so, Israel’s sort of like low-hanging fruit."

And now the Guardian's assistant editor makes a similar admission. As Just Journalism notes:

In an incredibly candid blog entry on media self-censorship by veteran Guardian journalist and staunch Israel critic Michael White, he confesses to:

‘middle class ill-ease in going after stories about immigration, legal or otherwise, about welfare fraud or the less attractive tribal habits of the working class, which is more easily ignored altogether.’

By contrast, in, ‘Media self-censorship: not just a problem for Turkey,’ Israel is put forward as one of the archetypal ‘targets’ of The Guardian:

‘Toffs, including royal ones, Christians, especially popes, governments of Israel, and US Republicans are more straightforward targets.’

Posted by TS at March 13, 2011 04:46 AM

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