Sunday, November 20, 2016

Creative Journalism 101? The Globe & Mail Makes Up News - by Daniel Pomerantz

...It seems that when Patrick Martin has made up his mind to tell a particular story, he won’t let anything get in his way: not professionalism, not his employer’s own policies, not even the truth.

Daniel Pomerantz..
Honest Reporting..
16 November '16..

According to The Globe & Mail’s Patrick Martin, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could hardly conceal his excitement last week on hearing the news that Donald Trump had been elected U.S. president.”

His evidence for this insight into the Prime Minister’s private emotions? Nothing.

Martin’s only meager attempt to support this assertion is a generic statement in which Netanyahu welcomed President-elect Trump, referring to him a “true friend of Israel.”

Just two months earlier, Netanyahu used almost identical language while praising presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her “friendship and support for Israel.” In October, a leaked email seemed to indicate that the Israeli Prime Minister might even have preferred Clinton as president.

So how does Martin know what Netanyahu thinks and feels? Is he able to read the Prime Minister’s mind?

The Globe & Mail’s headline editor must also be a mind reader, because its headline says “Netanyahu elated at Trump’s condemnation of Iran nuclear pact.”

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