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garthranzz Donating Member (983 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 10:14 PM
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103. Media Bias in the Tsunami Relief
I don't know if this is the right place to post this - or if there is a right place. The following article is a bit inflammatory in its rhetoric, but I think it has a valid point: media bias. No country or politician is above reproach, but surely humanitarian efforts should be recognized. Israel has long been in the forefront of such efforts. (By the way, as far as I know, the International Red Cross allows the Red Crescent to participate in its relief efforts, but not the Red Magen David.)

If this is inappropriate, I apologize in advance.

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by< > Mike Levine

Jan 09, '05 / 28 Tevet 5765

I, Mike Levine, citizen of Israel and the United States, accuse you, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the Atlanta Constitution, CNN, the Times of London, and thousands of other newspapers and TV networks worldwide. I accuse you of gross bias against, and naked hatred towards, the Jewish state of Israel.

For years, most of you have shown a clear bias in favor of the Arab Muslims and Palestinians, taking every opportunity to demonize Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only Jewish state in the world. But in the past two weeks, you have raised your hatred to a new high, while your journalistic standards have fallen to new lows.

While coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia has been extensive, and your reporting of international fundraising and rescue efforts has been massive, you wrote hardly a word about the fact that Israel was one of the very first to offer substantial aid and send medical rescue missions to the stricken areas. Within hours, planeloads of well-trained rescue people and experienced trauma doctors were on their way.

Israel is one of the tiniest nations on earth, with a total population far less than many cities of the world, yet, in the first hours following the earthquake and flooding, Israel assembled hundreds of doctors and other medical personnel, many planeloads of medical supplies, tents, food, blankets, even baby diapers. While other, much larger, much richer nations, were still rubbing their eyes in disbelief, Israel was already setting up many aid stations in the worst hit areas.

Nor did you report the unbelievably hateful refusal of Sri Lanka, and Muslim states, to accept the entry of Jewish medical and rescue personnel, although they did cynically accept the supplies and equipment sent by Israel.

I accuse world media of gross incompetence. I accuse world media of abrogation of journalistic integrity. I accuse world media of sheer and transparent prejudice against Israel and the Jews. I accuse world media of pandering to the Islamic nations' hatred of anything Jewish.

Only a few publications outside Israel mentioned the major contribution being made by Israel. Only a very few pointed out that Israel's per capita contribution of manpower, equipment, supplies and money was the highest in the world.

Only a few bothered to mention that only a tiny trickle of aid was offered by all of the world's Muslim nations, nations sitting on half of the world's oil reserves, nations raking in billions of dollars daily, nations whose elite live lives of such opulence as can hardly be imagined by most of the world's masses.

Saudi Arabia sat unmoved for a week while the world scrambled to raise funds and send massive aid, then magnanimously pledged a measly ten million dollars, a pledge which has yet to be paid. Imagine, this from a brother Muslim state, a state that provided families of Palestinian suicide bombers with $150,000,000 (one hundred fifty million dollars) during the past year alone.

Kuwait, the second richest Muslim nation, pledged an equally paltry ten million.

You people in Chicago - did you read any of this in your newspapers? How about you good people in Dallas? Paris? Berlin? Melbourne? Did any of you read or hear of Israel's incredible generosity of spirit, manpower and money? Did you read one editorial praising the fact that the Jewish state unselfishly came to the immediate aid of Muslim nations that have long called for the destruction of Israel?

No, chances are you did not. Maybe you ought to let your editors know how you feel about their treatment of Israel and the Jewish people. Because if you don't speak out, they will continue to believe no one gives a damn about Israel, they will continue speaking of Israel only in negative terms, writing only about how the Jewish state mistreats the Palestinians and their terrorists.

Join me when I say to world media loud and clear: J'accuse!

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  -List of agencies helping quake/tsunami victims quaoar  Dec-27-04 03:56 PM   #0 
  - This is such a horrible tragedy  Blue_Roses   Dec-27-04 04:04 PM   #1 
  - One facet of it is that huge support will be needed for a LONG time  Nothing Without Hope   Dec-27-04 04:29 PM   #6 
  - Doctors Without Borders  ElsewheresDaughter   Dec-28-04 09:57 PM   #51 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-01-05 09:49 PM   #109 
  - I gave to Mercy Corps  flamingyouth   Dec-27-04 04:07 PM   #2 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-01-05 09:48 PM   #108 
  - Thanks! Oxfam is also involved. We need to set up on home page.  Nothing Without Hope   Dec-27-04 04:12 PM   #3 
  - I think you have to nominate a thread for the admins to do that  quaoar   Dec-27-04 04:15 PM   #4 
  - What I am hoping for is more than just the thread on the HP.  Nothing Without Hope   Dec-27-04 04:27 PM   #5 
  - OXFAM address  Imalittleteapot   Dec-28-04 06:34 PM   #43 
  - Thank you for posting this list n/t  NYsocialworker   Dec-27-04 04:41 PM   #7 
  - Kick  indigo32   Dec-27-04 05:06 PM   #9 
  - Welcome to DU NYsocialworker  donheld   Dec-28-04 02:42 AM   #30 
  - This is definitely a time to pull together.  UltraDem   Dec-27-04 05:01 PM   #8 
  - So sad :(  ExclamationPoint   Dec-27-04 06:08 PM   #10 
  - Thanks, DUers!  chadk   Dec-27-04 08:54 PM   #21 
  - Sympathies from California  kineneb   Dec-27-04 10:19 PM   #26 
  - Welcome to DU from another Californian. And yes, we DO sympathize.  calimary   Dec-29-04 05:24 AM   #60 
  - So sorry, chadk  SpaceCatMeetsMars   Dec-28-04 08:26 AM   #33 
  - THANK YOU ALL  chadk   Dec-29-04 09:54 AM   #62 
     - Welcome, chadk  Joy Anne   Dec-30-04 08:32 PM   #83 
  - You're so right...  UltraDem   Dec-28-04 10:21 AM   #34 
  - Thank you  kdunagin   Jan-04-05 01:37 PM   #91 
  - Thanks  Synnical   Dec-27-04 07:15 PM   #11 
  - I have donated regularly to Doctors w/o Borders for several years  sybylla   Dec-27-04 07:44 PM   #15 
     - That's good info thanks  Stephanie   Dec-27-04 07:51 PM   #17 
     - Yeah - the check is written  Synnical   Dec-27-04 08:42 PM   #18 
     - you've convinced me  Skittles   Dec-27-04 09:25 PM   #24 
     - see my post 83  Joy Anne   Dec-30-04 08:34 PM   #84 
  - Any thoughts on the most efficient and direct route?  CBHagman   Dec-27-04 07:26 PM   #12 
  - I'm thinking the International Red Cross n/t  Synnical   Dec-27-04 07:35 PM   #13 
     - Here's a link to the American Red Cross site where you can..  Princess Turandot   Dec-28-04 04:32 AM   #31 
     - we donated to the Red Cross and highlighted the International  AgadorSparticus   Dec-29-04 12:26 AM   #54 
        - I just donated to the International Relief Fund  dumtacetclamat   Dec-29-04 07:23 PM   #69 
     - Media Bias in the Tsunami Relief  garthranzz   Jan-16-05 10:14 PM   #103 
  - Here's the UNICEF link (The other link is incomplete)  CBHagman   Dec-27-04 07:39 PM   #14 
  - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has committed $100,000  Calvinist Basset   Dec-27-04 07:49 PM   #16 
  - The mainstream religious relief groups help people without regard  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-27-04 08:51 PM   #19 
     - You're right  Calvinist Basset   Dec-27-04 09:23 PM   #23 
     - Correct  JaneDoughnut   Dec-28-04 08:53 PM   #49 
  - Updated List on LightUpTheDarkness Blog  kerrygoddess   Dec-27-04 08:53 PM   #20 
  - Thank you quaoar for posting this extensive list of agencies.  undergroundrailroad   Dec-27-04 09:19 PM   #22 
  - I'm so glad we have this pinned  proud patriot   Dec-27-04 09:56 PM   #25 
  - thank you n/t  G_j   Dec-27-04 10:36 PM   #27 
  - Thank you. I'll spread this to my constituents. Wanna' make a POLITICAL  Just Me   Dec-27-04 10:59 PM   #28 
  - UGH, i've got friends on Koh Samui  DarkSim   Dec-28-04 02:03 AM   #29 
  - I'd like to mention another organization  Redstone   Dec-28-04 07:32 AM   #32 
  - World Vision  roody   Dec-28-04 11:33 AM   #35 
  - World Vision Questionable  duncanidaho   Dec-29-04 11:38 AM   #64 
  - thank you for this list  dogindia   Dec-28-04 11:44 AM   #36 
  - Further Updates on Relief List  kerrygoddess   Dec-28-04 01:00 PM   #37 
  - Don't forget the Episcopalians  janetle   Dec-28-04 01:40 PM   #38 
  - Added this to the updated list on LUTD  kerrygoddess   Dec-28-04 07:35 PM   #47 
  - Thank You  janetle   Dec-29-04 10:27 AM   #63 
     - You're welcome  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 04:25 PM   #68 
  - Episcopal Relief Efforts update rom Tuesday  ElaineinIN   Dec-30-04 12:23 PM   #74 
  - I second this recommendation -  diplomats   Jan-10-05 08:04 PM   #100 
  - I want to donate some money for the relief  arikara   Dec-28-04 03:00 PM   #39 
  - exactly  hatredisnotavalue   Dec-28-04 05:23 PM   #42 
  - A little more info about Doctors Without Borders for anyone that wants it  SpaceCatMeetsMars   Dec-29-04 12:04 PM   #65 
  - The guy from Oxfam was on Newshour tonight  ginnyinWI   Dec-28-04 07:34 PM   #46 
  - Thanks, as it turns out  arikara   Dec-29-04 01:56 PM   #66 
  - thank you for posting this list....  mutley_r_us   Dec-28-04 03:42 PM   #40 
  - Just gave $100 to Doctors Without Borders  hatredisnotavalue   Dec-28-04 05:18 PM   #41 
  - they're doing a lot of aid in Sudan  Skittles   Jan-15-05 05:15 PM   #102 
  - Please also consider  Ready2Snap   Dec-28-04 07:03 PM   #44 
  - good for you R2S  Skittles   Jan-18-05 12:48 AM   #104 
  - How ironic  nascarblue   Dec-28-04 07:13 PM   #45 
  - My family gave to OXFAM  LeftPeopleFinishFirst   Dec-28-04 08:36 PM   #48 
  - Are non-monetary donations needed?  JaneDoughnut   Dec-28-04 08:58 PM   #50 
  - Red cross requests donations in cash rather than goods  imenja   Dec-29-04 01:16 AM   #57 
  - this is a helpful website  SueZhope   Dec-28-04 09:59 PM   #52 
  - Great Effort!!! is a great way to go...  Peter Frank   Dec-28-04 10:36 PM   #53 
  - DU Admin...I have sent money to each...  imax2268   Dec-29-04 12:29 AM   #55 
  - I purposely avoided the 'in your face' rhetoric...  Peter Frank   Dec-29-04 01:01 AM   #56 
  - concur  imenja   Dec-29-04 01:17 AM   #58 
     - Thank you imenja ...  Peter Frank   Dec-29-04 01:58 AM   #59 
        - .  kindoki   Jan-23-05 11:11 AM   #106 
  - They don't want collected food and clothing  Stephanie   Dec-29-04 09:29 AM   #61 
     - Well...  imax2268   Dec-30-04 01:26 PM   #76 
  - Thanks for the list. Here's another agency to add to it:  Arkansas Gazette   Dec-29-04 02:22 PM   #67 
  - kick!!!  dumtacetclamat   Dec-29-04 07:35 PM   #70 
  - Tsunami Relief Effort Update  kerrygoddess   Dec-29-04 09:33 PM   #71 
  - I just gave pretty big to Oxfam, but I'm afraid no amount of money can  SmartBomb   Dec-29-04 10:59 PM   #72 
  - we can't releive their sorrow  Skittles   Dec-30-04 12:29 PM   #75 
  - Donate for free  inslee08   Dec-30-04 12:44 AM   #73 
  - I'm donating $100 to Doctors Without Borders  catbert836   Dec-30-04 02:03 PM   #77 
  - ameriKa lost ?  c o f f e e   Dec-30-04 02:27 PM   #78 
  - You can donate airline mileage here  firedoglake   Dec-30-04 03:04 PM   #79 
  - UNICEF link is missing a "g" at the end.  Placebo   Dec-30-04 03:09 PM   #80 
  -  JohnLocke   Dec-30-04 05:06 PM   #81 
  - I went through the  Historic NY   Dec-30-04 07:01 PM   #82 
  - Doctors Without Borders  uppityperson   Dec-30-04 10:39 PM   #85 
  - Their site says that they do not need anymore $$ for this effort.  Kitka   Jan-03-05 01:00 PM   #88 
  - If you have a few dollars left, please consider this  Neecy   Jan-01-05 01:29 PM   #86 
  - I donated to Christian Aid  Dob Bole   Jan-03-05 09:20 AM   #87 
  - Donated to Mercy Corps today, and will donate to Doctors Without Borders..  HuckleB   Jan-03-05 05:09 PM   #89 
  - Donated to International Red Cross today.  SCRUBDASHRUB   Jan-03-05 05:43 PM   #90 
  - What is the relief agency who has peace as the middle word?  tyedyeto   Jan-04-05 08:51 PM   #92 
  - maybe this one?  iverglas   Jan-06-05 05:13 PM   #96 
  - Also  hyphenate   Jan-04-05 09:51 PM   #93 
  - American Humanist Association to Support Tsunami Disaster Relief Efforts  IanDB1   Jan-05-05 02:18 PM   #94 
  - American Refugee Committee  MrsMatt   Jan-05-05 04:12 PM   #95 
  - I agree MrsMatt!  Shananigans   Jan-07-05 11:03 PM   #97 
  - Public matching donation site available  TheWebHead   Jan-08-05 05:48 AM   #98 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-10-05 01:08 PM   #99 
  - Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort raises $22,000 in one week  IanDB1   Jan-11-05 02:16 PM   #101 
  - Not much overlap with the big donors to inauguration n/t  old blue   Jan-20-05 04:03 PM   #105 
  - Ricky Martin on Oprah today said they need people  TheGoldenRule   Jan-24-05 06:47 PM   #107 

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