the dangerous follies of foreign correspondents with “a feeling of superiority” … especially those residing in 5 star hotels

A fascinating read from a Middle East journalist, this column describes what’s wrong with journalism over a host of controversial topics including politics and climate change. The behaviour of many journalists, and more especially their masters, is atrocious. Via The Australian.

Worth a read …

The Israel Story Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers…

This article will upset true believers with agendas.


Israel is not an idea, a symbol of good or evil, or a litmus test for liberal opinion at dinner parties. It is a small country in a scary part of the world that is getting scarier. It should be reported as critically as any other place, and understood in context and in proportion. Israel is not one of the most important stories in the world, or even in the Middle East; whatever the outcome in this region in the next decade, it will have as much to do with Israel as World War II had to do with Spain. Israel is a speck on the map—a sideshow that happens to carry an unusual emotional charge.

Many in the West clearly prefer the old comfort of parsing the moral failings of Jews, and the familiar feeling of superiority this brings them, to confronting an unhappy and confusing reality. They may convince themselves that all of this is the Jews’ problem, and indeed the Jews’ fault. But journalists engage in these fantasies at the cost of their credibility and that of their profession. And, as Orwell would tell us, the world entertains fantasies at its peril.

Read it all.

Blinkers are on show here. Not Bush: Obama to Supporters: The World Looks ‘Messy’… “Because of Social Media”

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, August 29, 2014, 6:16 PM

It’s social media’s fault.
obama messy

Barack Obama blames the world’s “messy” problems on social media.
Via Breitbart: […]

Pot meets kettle. At least GWBush isn’t blamed this time.

UPDATE, of course the media sides with him:

BARACK OBAMA’S anti-Israel animus.


About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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