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May 13, 2016

Michigan Public Radio Considers It Controversial to Acknowledge Israel's Birthday


Deadline Detroit asks whether Michigan Public Radio was right to reject a donor's request to wish Israel a happy birthday?

According to the publication, Michigan Radio, an NPR affiliate, offered one of their donors the opportunity to have a message of her choice read on air, but when it turned out she wanted to wish Israel a Happy Birthday in honour of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Michigan Radio demurred, arguing that such a message

would compromise the station's commitment to impartiality and that it crosses over into advocacy, or could imply advocacy.

Donor Lisa Lis was upset and explained why:

Why would Public Radio need to be impartial about a legally recognized country other than the fact, many want her wiped from the face of the earth. Would it be a problem if it were the birthday of England, Norway or South Sudan?

Israel is a hot button country that the world has accepted as questionable and debatable and the major infraction Israel has committed is purely her existence. By the way, I truly look forward to expressing my same salutation when Palestine can celebrate her birthday.

Do you agree?

Posted by RH at May 13, 2016 02:01 PM


NPR has a history of bringing stories about Israel in the most unflattering manner. Its narratives about Israel fit NPR's liberal agenda which is not very supportive of the Jewish state of Israel.

Posted by: Steve Wenick at May 15, 2016 07:56 AM

I assume that NPR will have a similar response to anyone who wanted to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st or American Independence Day on July 4th. I'll keep listening to see if anyone is allowed to wish a happy birthday to either of these two countries. I'm sure that they won't be allowed to do so because, after all, wishing America a happy birthday "would compromise the station's commitment to impartiality".

Posted by: Nigel Blumenthal at May 15, 2016 05:32 PM

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