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A wonderful article by Alison Weir revealing how Americans are continually misinformed by our media on the subject of Israel/Palestine through journalistic (and military) allegiances to Israel, discount doxazosin a myriad of conflicts of interest and slanted coverage. All in the Family By ALISON WEIR Recent exposés revealing that Ethan Bronner, discount doxazosin the New York Times' Israel-Palestine bureau chief, discount doxazosin has a son in the Israeli military have caused a storm of controversy that continues to swirl and generate further revelations. Discount doxazosin (See my piece for CounterPunch, discount doxazosin The NYT's Ethan Bronner's Conflict With Impartiality.) Many people find such a sign of family partisanship in an editor covering a foreign conflict troubling – especially given the Times’ record of Israel-centric journalism. Times management at first refused to confirm Bronner’s situation, discount doxazosin then refused to comment on it. Discount doxazosin Finally, discount doxazosin public outcry forced Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt to confront the problem in a February 7th column. After bending over backwards to praise the institution that employs him, discount doxazosin Hoyt ultimately opined that Bronner should be re-assigned to a different sphere of reporting to avoid the “appearance” of bias. Discount doxazosin Times Editor Bill Keller declined to do so, discount doxazosin however, discount doxazosin instead writing a column calling Bronner’s connections to Israel valuable because they “supply a measure of sophistication about Israel and its adversaries that someone with no connections would lack.” If such “sophistication” is valuable, discount doxazosin the Times’ espoused commitment to the “impartiality and neutrality of the company's newsrooms” would seem to require it to have a balancing editor equally sophisticated about Palestine and its adversary, discount doxazosin but Keller did not address that. Bronner is far from alone. As it turns out, discount doxazosin Bronner’s ties to the Israeli military are not the rarity one might expect. • A previous Times bureau chief, discount doxazosin Joel Greenberg, discount doxazosin before he was bureau chief but after he was already publishing in the Times from Israel, discount doxazosin actually served in the Israeli army. • Media pundit and Atlantic staffer Jeffrey Goldberg also served in the Israeli military; it's unclear when, discount doxazosin how, discount doxazosin or even if his military service ended. • Richard Chesnoff, discount doxazosin who has been covering Mideast events for more than 40 years, discount doxazosin had a son serving in the Israeli military while Chesnoff covered Israel as US News & World Report's senior foreign correspondent. • NPR's Linda Gradstein’s husband was an Israeli sniper and may still be in the Israeli reserves. Discount doxazosin NPR refuses to disclose whether Gradstein herself is also an Israeli citizen, discount doxazosin as are her children and husband. • Mitch Weinstock, discount doxazosin national editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune, discount doxazosin served in the Israeli military. • The New York Times’ other correspondent from the region, discount doxazosin Isabel Kershner, discount doxazosin is an Israeli citizen. Discount doxazosin Israel has universal compulsory military service, discount doxazosin which suggests that Kershner herself and/or family members may have military connections. Discount doxazosin The Times refuses to answer questions about whether she and/or family members have served or are currently serving in the Israeli military. Discount doxazosin Is it possible that Times Foreign Editor Susan Chira herself has such connections? The Times refuses to answer. • Many Associated Press writers and editors are Israeli citizens or have Israeli families. Discount doxazosin AP will not reveal how many of the journalists in its control bureau for the region currently serve in the Israeli military, discount doxazosin how many have served in the past, discount doxazosin and how many have family members with this connection. • Similarly, discount doxazosin many TV correspondents such as Martin Fletcher have been Israeli citizens and/or have Israeli families. Discount doxazosin Do they have family connections to the Israeli military? • Time Magazine's bureau chief several years ago became an Israeli citizen after he had assumed his post. Discount doxazosin Does he have relatives in the military? • CNN's Wolf Blitzer, discount doxazosin while not an Israeli citizen, discount doxazosin was based in Israel for many years, discount doxazosin wrote a book whitewashing Israeli spying on the US, discount doxazosin and used to work for the Israel lobby in the US. Discount doxazosin None of this is divulged to CNN viewers. Tikkun's editor Michael Lerner has a son who served in the Israeli military. Discount doxazosin While Lerner has been a strong critic of many Israeli policies, discount doxazosin in an interview with Jewish Week, discount doxazosin Lerner explains: “Having a son in the Israeli army was a manifestation of my love for Israel, discount doxazosin and I assume that having a son in the Israeli army is a manifestation of Bronner’s love of Israel." Lerner goes on to make a fundamental point: "...there is a difference in my emotional and spiritual connection to these two sides [Israelis and Palestinians]. Discount doxazosin On the one side is my family; on the other side are decent human beings. Discount doxazosin I want to support human beings all over the planet but I have a special connection to my family. Discount doxazosin I don’t deny it.” For a great many of the reporters and editors determining what Americans learn about Israel-Palestine, discount doxazosin Israel is family. Jonathan Cook, discount doxazosin a British journalist based in Nazareth, discount doxazosin writes of a recent meeting with a Jerusalem based bureau chief, discount doxazosin who explained: “… Bronner’s situation is ‘the rule, discount doxazosin not the exception. Discount doxazosin I can think of a dozen foreign bureau chiefs, discount doxazosin responsible for covering both Israel and the Palestinians, discount doxazosin who have served in the Israeli army, discount doxazosin and another dozen who like Bronner have kids in the Israeli army.” Cooks writes that the bureau chief explained: “It is common to hear Western reporters boasting to one another about their Zionist credentials, discount doxazosin their service in the Israeli army or the loyal service of their children.” Apparently, discount doxazosin intimate ties to Israel are among the many open secrets in the region that are hidden from the American public. Discount doxazosin If, discount doxazosin as the news media insist, discount doxazosin these ties present no problem or even, discount doxazosin as the Times’ Keller insists, discount doxazosin enhance the journalists’ work, discount doxazosin why do the news agencies consistently refuse to admit them? The reason is not complicated. While Israel may be family for these journalists and editors, discount doxazosin for the vast majority of Americans, discount doxazosin Israel is a foreign country. Discount doxazosin In survey after survey, discount doxazosin Americans say they don’t wish to “take sides” on this conflict. Discount doxazosin In other words, discount doxazosin the American public wants full, discount doxazosin unfiltered, discount doxazosin unslanted coverage. Quite likely the news media refuse to answer questions about their journalists’ affiliations because they suspect, discount doxazosin accurately, discount doxazosin that the public would be displeased to learn that the reporters and editors charged with supplying news on a foreign nation and conflict are, discount doxazosin in fact, discount doxazosin partisans. While Keller claims that the New York Times is covering this conflict “even-handedly, discount doxazosin” studies indicate otherwise: * The Times covers international reports documenting Israeli human rights abuses at a rate 19 times lower than it reports on the far smaller number of international reports documenting Palestinian human rights abuses. * The Times covers Israeli children’s deaths at rates seven times greater than they cover Palestinian children’s deaths, discount doxazosin even though there are vastly more of the latter and they occurred first. * The Times fails to inform its readers that Israel’s Jewish-only colonies on confiscated Palestinian Christian and Muslim land are illegal; that its collective punishment of 1.5 million men, discount doxazosin women, discount doxazosin and children in Gaza is not only cruel and ruthless, discount doxazosin it is also illegal; and that its use of American weaponry is routinely in violation of American laws. * The Times covers the one Israeli (a soldier) held by Palestinians at a rate incalculably higher than it reports on the Palestinian men, discount doxazosin women, discount doxazosin and children – the vast majority civilians – imprisoned by Israel (currently over 7, discount doxazosin000). • The Times neglects to report that hundreds of Israel’s captives have never even been charged with a crime and that those who have were tried in Israeli military courts under an array of bizarre military statutes that make even the planting of onions without a permit a criminal offense – a legal system, discount doxazosin if one can call it that, discount doxazosin that changes at the whim of the current military governor ruling over a subject population; a system in which parents are without power to protect their children. * The Times fails to inform its readers that 40 percent of Palestinian males have been imprisoned by Israel, discount doxazosin a statistic that normally would be considered highly newsworthy, discount doxazosin but that Bronner, discount doxazosin Kershner, discount doxazosin and Chira apparently feel is unimportant to report. Americans, discount doxazosin whose elected representatives give Israel uniquely gargantuan sums of our tax money (a situation also not covered by the media), discount doxazosin want and need all the facts, discount doxazosin not just those that Israel’s family members decree reportable. We’re not getting them. Original article can be found at: http://counterpunch.org/weir02262010.html Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew and a board member of the Council for the National Interest (CNI). Discount doxazosin For more information on Ethan Bronner and his upcoming speaking tour on college campuses, discount doxazosin join IAK’Semail list. Discount doxazosin Alison can be reached at contact@ifamericansknew.org