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Reuters Interprets Scripture

As if I needed more proof that the days of our news media reporting fact are over, Reuters offers a rather negatively charged interpretation of Scripture as a direct response to efforts by Israeli settlers to explain their position:

Jewish settler Yovram Cohen, a self-taught winemaker, pours wine for journalists visiting the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra November 17, 2008. On a tour settlers organised this week to redress a negative image in foreign media, they cited scripture going back 3,500 years to explain why a land-for-peace swap was out of the question. This makes it hard to discuss rationally a resolution of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel over its occupation of West Bank land since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Picture taken November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (WEST BANK) To match feature ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/SETTLERS


Reuters will never admit that Hamas gun-running, tunnel-digging, and rocket-launching all contribute to making it "hard to discuss" peace in the Middle East, but will instead continue to carry the official Hamas party line of "blockade" and repression without one single question being raised in caption.

But when it comes to information brought before it by politically inexpedient people, such as these Israeli settlers, Reuters makes no bones about "challenging" the viewpoint that is being presented.

That must be what Reuters thinks it means to be "fair and independent" carriers of the news.

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 Tags: eliana aponte REUTERS Intifada


Comments:

#1 Kevin 19-Nov-2008
Hah! Discuss something rationally with the Palestinians. Good one.
#2 upyernoz 21-Nov-2008
"Reuters will never admit that Hamas gun-running, tunnel-digging, and rocket-launching all contribute to making it "hard to discuss" peace in the Middle East, but will instead continue to carry the official Hamas party line of "blockade" and repression without one single question being raised in caption."

um, you seem to be a little confused about the situation. hamas isn't in control of the west bank (where this story takes place), it controls gaza. hamas has nothing to do with the settlements in the west bank, that's the area that fatah controls.

and it is true that when a side has a religious belief that a land-for-peace swap "is out of the question" then that does foreclose any rational discussion with them about the issue. once we're talking about religious faith, you can't logically argue with that. if those settlers believe that god himself wants them to make wine in ofra, nothing will ever convince them to leave.
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