CAMERA Media Analysis..
13 June '12..
On Friday, June 8, 2012, The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by Maen Rashid Areikat, "The Time for a Palestinian State Is Now," so replete with falsehoods that it rightly could be called a work of fiction. According to the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, "Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context." Areikat's piece completely fails this standard.
From the first sentence virtually to the last, Areikat misrepresents facts, mischaracterizesevents, distorts history, and ignores context. While his column was an opinion piece, The Wall Street Journal nevertheless still has a fact checking obligation.
One of the most egregiously false statements in the article is that, since winning the defensive 1967 Six-Day War, Israel "began a military rule in the occupied territories that only grew more inhumane with each turn of the year."
Inhumane? In an article in Commentary Magazine written in 2002, historian Efraim Karsh described the reality:
During the 1970's, the West Bank and Gaza constituted the fourth fastest-growing economy in the world -- ahead of such "wonders" as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and substantially ahead of Israel itself.
(Read full "Wall Street Journal Lets Palestinian Spokesman Deep-Six the Facts")
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