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Media Watch, 1
Monday, November 15, 2004
Auntie's communards grant no claim on the part of Israel's courts to dispense justice, but there is an objective and a partisan way to tie the noose. Auntie's news service seems fated always to choose the partisan way, as in this account, drawn to my attention by reader BM.
"Mr Barghouti [a possible successor to Yasser Arafat] is serving five life-terms in an Israeli prison for allegedly masterminding terror attacks."I know that if they said 'Barghouti was convicted by Israel's courts of masterminding terror attacks' their readers would need to spend a split secondworking out that Barghouti was innocent, but that's the price of being a professional journalist rather than a polemicist on the public payroll.
At the very least Auntie should be consistent. Then the words would be 'allegedly masterminding so-called terror attacks'.