CAMERA Media Analysis
16 January '11
Time Magazine and its Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Karl Vick, are making a habit of defaming Israel. The latest piece (January 11 on the Time Web site) is entitled "Israel’s Lurch to the Right Scares Some Conservatives." It offers a jaundiced and factually-challenged take on recent issues and events involving Israeli citizenship questions, loyalty oaths, investigation of foreign-funded NGO’s, the death of a Palestinian woman and other matters. Vick parrots far-left attacks on Israel, ignores warranted security concerns, disregards the normalcy of fractious debate in a democracy, reduces complex issues to caricature and indicts the entire public, alleging:
Self-righteous indignation is a staple position for an Israeli public whose default assumption is that Israel is always the injured party.
Vick’s disparagement of the "Israeli public" is indicative of his coverage – heavy on snide editorializing, light on fact. (Contrary to the reporter, of course, Israelis are sharply self-critical and often sympathetic to the plight of their civilian adversaries.) This is the same reporter who depicted Israelis generally as materialistic hedonists indifferent to peace in Time’s notorious September 13 edition, considered anti-Semitic by many with its Star of David emblazoned with the headline: "Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace." In December, the reporter blamed Israelis for the hostility directed against them.
(Read full "Time Strikes (Israel) Again")
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