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Is Antisemitism Exempt from the Media’s Demand for Civility?

Is Antisemitism Exempt from the Media’s Demand for Civility?

Matthew Hausman's Op/Ed in the blog Israpundit opines not on the motives of the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others by a deranged assailant, Jason Lee Loughner, but on media responses to it.
Liberal commentators and politicians have consistently failed to challenge Arab media sources for reporting the blood libel as fact and for disseminating antisemitic propaganda as news. They rarely acknowledge antisemitic content that appears in Egyptian papers such as Al-Ahram and al-Goumhuriyya, the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, the Jordanian paper Al-Arab al-Yaum, the Syrian Arab News Agency, and other similar venues. Likewise, they assiduously avoid exposing how the blood libel myth is taught in Muslim schools throughout the Mideast – and by the supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority – and how this baleful and pathological fixation bodes ill for peace.
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There can be little doubt, however, that the American media tilts much further to the left than to the right. Consequently, there is far greater risk that mainstream conservatives and moderates will be misrepresented as right-wing extremists, and that left-wing excesses will be denied, downplayed, or portrayed as temperate. This is particularly apparent from the media’s biased coverage of Israel and its failure to address left-wing antisemitism or Arab-Muslim rejectionism in any meaningful way. Although editorial opinion can certainly reflect the subjective views of the author, even pundits have an obligation to represent historical facts accurately when they form the basis of commentary. Unfortunately, when dealing with Israel, the media often shows little regard for objective facts that interfere with its firmly held predilections and preordained conclusions. And unless this dynamic changes, the media’s pleas for civility will continue to ring hollow.

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