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April 30, 2012

Unfortunate Headline of the Day

Edmund Sanders, the Los Angeles Times' Jerusalem bureau chief, gives Sheik Raed Salah, the extremist leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a pretty tough interview, making the following headline all the more ludicrous: raed salah headline.jpg

Sanders, who queries Salah about his views on Israel's right to exist and on accusations that he is anti-Semitic, at least qualifies Salah's stated plans: "The former Umm al Fahm mayor told the Los Angeles Times that he is preparing to resume his campaign to organize Arab Israelis against what he sees as systematic discrimination."

But the headline writer, <sarcasm> undoubtedly limited by space constraints </sarcasm>, simply lobs off the qualification, turning the radical Sheik who regularly incites into a kumbaya advocate of goodwill and equality.

In his "anti-discrimination campaign," can we look forward to more of his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories blaming Jews for 9/11? Or more fundraising for Hamas?

May 1 Update: Good news! Following communication from CAMERA, the Los Angeles Times replaced the tendentious headline with an impartial one:

Raed Salah corrected

Posted by TS at April 30, 2012 05:07 AM


LA Times traffic is heavily based with the overall concept of Israel bashing. This is evident in what the LA Times chooses to cover as well as how the headline writers choose to portray their articles. The fact tha CAMERA praises Edmund Sanders is surprising seeing as how Mr. Sanders himself appears clueless when it comes to the Israeli perspective.

Posted by: Asher Garber at April 30, 2012 11:45 AM

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