I wrote this in 2000. What’s changed since then?
The front pages of major newspapers recently selected a new president without the mere formality of vote counting. Conjecture had so overcome fact that even Gore prematurely threw in the towel because of what was printed in a few informative rags and their electronic counterparts. We couldn’t miss the gigantic headlines based on error. What we did miss were the tiny retractions based on fact. If the vice-president and his professional staff were taken in by the media, then how long and how badly has the average American citizen also been hoodwinked?
A recount of the media’s “balanced coverage” of events in the Middle East may uncover something more sinister than reporting based on conjecture and not fact.
Not so long ago, Hitler’s propaganda minister operated under the theory that if the same lie were repeated often enough, the people would accept it as the truth. In this very same spirit, the media’s endless viewing of the same Palestinians, throwing the same rocks at the same Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem so they could have one Palestinian state not only obscures the fact that Israeli soldiers are also being killed by bullets, but hides the fact that there is, and has been for a long time, a Palestinian state right down the road. In fact, the road is a lot shorter than the long bumpy highway of deception the media is taking us down on its detour from the truth.
The Jordanian border is a lot less than an hour’s drive from Jerusalem. This country was created by the British out of 70% of the historical land of Israel that they promised the Jews in the Balfour declaration in 1917 and which the Almighty promised the Hebrews thousand of years ago in the Bible. This country’s population is at least 60% Palestinian, and taking into consideration that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were “quietly dumped” there after the Gulf War by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for collaboration with Saddam Hussein, the percentage may even be higher.
Thus, as compensation for relinquishing almost three quarters of their geography, the Israelis got in return a history of pogroms, wars, riots, bombings, and the Nobel prize-winning opportunity to relinquish the remainder of their historical homeland and create a second Palestinian state in the territory where the Jews are the majority.
Unfortunately, the media’s coverage of events in the Middle East can easily be equated with their blunder during the election and described by an ancient Jewish proverb, which states “A half a truth is a whole lie.”