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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Wednesday, June 12, 2002
10:02 PM

Hillel Glazer of that anonymous entity known as writes PostWatch:

Ask yourself, why doesn't the Post make room for this type of information? From an AP story in the Washington Times (Palestinian Kills Teen, Himself" by Celean Jacobson, p.A13):

"The Israeli military said soldiers arrested 30 Palestinians in Ramallah and found an explosives lab run by Force 17, an elite Palestinian police unit."

(This, of course, is not the first or only example of error by omission in the Post on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.)

Did you get that?

Right there IN ARAFAT'S HEADQUARTERS (Remember Arafat, the one who has told his people not to conduct terrorism), in a Palestinian police location (Remember the
police, the ones who are enforcing the anti-terrorism edict) THEY FOUND AN EXPLOSIVES LAB. The whole thing is a farce.

Think of it this way. If the Post's journalists and editors read the Post to get "background" on their stories and they NEVER see critical information like this... the next time they file a report from Israel they WILL NOT KNOW that it is now a KNOWN FACT that Force 17 is an accomplice/perpetrator to terrorism!

Built-in bias even where they may not even intend it to be. (Provided a HUGE benefit of the doubt.)


Glaser was first semi-identified May 24 by A City Slicker as the person who registered the boycott website's domain; he was also quoted in Howard Kurtz's story as a "Silver Spring technology consultant." Yeah, I'd like to see that story in the Post, but the key issue is whether such stories are routinely omitted over time--whether it fits a pattern. believes it does. Glad to hear from Mr. Glaser; jump in, everybody, the water's fine. He also gets extra points for using the comment system in Tuesday's blog headed Boycott Cavalcade--check it out for more info.

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