Izzy The Lizard, Israel, Palestine and The Canadian Propaganda Machine
Below you'll find a link to a must-read article by Carel Moiseiwitsch and Gordon Murray concerning the extremely biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by all CanWest-owned newspapers (such as The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province, The National Post, to name just three of CanWest's numerous papers across Canada).
The most telling thing in this whole article is the incredibly honest quote from CanWest founder, Israel "Izzy" Asper:
“In all our newspapers, including the National Post, we have a very pro-Israel position….We are the strongest supporter of Israel in Canada.”
The article goes on to state that:
A study released in 2006 by the Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada has quantified the shocking bias we perceived in CanWest news. The study found that during 2004, CanWest’s flagship National Post was 83.3 times more likely to report an Israeli child’s death than a Palestinian child’s death in its news articles’ headlines or first paragraphs.
In other words, the CanWest “news coverage” made it appear that Israeli kids were killed at a rate four times higher than Palestinian children during 2004 when, in fact, 22 Palestinian children were killed for every Israeli child that year, according to the Israeli human-rights group B’tselem. As a March 3, 2008, Post editorial noted, “in any war, it is the child casualties that attract the greatest sympathy and anguish.” According to the study, the Post’s reporting on this issue was at least 10 times more distorted than that in the Toronto Star or the Globe and Mail.
So, for all you Canadians out there reading CanWest papers, if you're going to read admitted propaganda I think it's pretty important to at least know that it is, in fact, propaganda that you're reading.
Enjoy those morning papers! And remember, no matter how disproportionate the killing, how overwhelming the oppression, and how one-sided the suffering, the story must always remain:
Palestinians = Evil Terrorists
Israelis = Victims of Evil Terrorists
Imagine writing articles about how the savage American Indians caused untold suffering to the innocent white settlers who only came to civilize them and their land; or how the ruthless Poles tormented the peace-loving Germans of the early-1940s; or how the barbaric Iraqis continue to fight against those who've only come to liberate them; or, say, how the poor Chinese have suffered so much at the hands of the vicious Tibetans.
It's kinda like that.
Here's the link to the article:
"CanWest huffs and puffs while free speech burns"
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
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