Equal Bias at the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>

Is it possible that I?ve been wrong all along about the Los Angeles Times? All those times I?ve shaken my head. I keep reading about Israel and the Times? interpretations of the problems in the ?occupied? territories. How could I get so angry when the Times referred to the terrorists, after a homicide bombing, as ?resistance fighters? or ?guerrilla fighters? instead of what th

Arlene Peck,

Arlene Peck
Arlene Peck
Arutz 7
Is it possible that I?ve been wrong all along about the Los Angeles Times? All those times I?ve shaken my head. I keep reading about Israel and the Times? interpretations of the problems in the ?occupied? territories. How could I get so angry when the Times referred to the terrorists, after a homicide bombing, as ?resistance fighters? or ?guerrilla fighters? instead of what they are - vicious, savage murderers who live to kill innocent civilians, no matter what the age or where they find them?

Lately, the Times? favorite phrase seems to be ?insurgents?. Amazingly though, it?s not used in relation to the Jewish State... but to the enemy of U.S. soldiers.

Silly me. How could I have become angry when the Times referred to an Israeli retaliation as an attack against a ?senior Hamas leader?? As though this ?senior Hamas leader? was some kind of distinguished executive on his way to a board meeting, and the big bad Israeli soldiers set out to randomly kill him and any bystanders that happened to be in the way. How could I have been so wrong to think that the Times? esteemed journalists and reporters were even a teensy little bit biased in their writing about the Jewish State?

Because folks, I now realize that the Los Angeles Times, and probably a dozen other major papers around the country, aren?t just that way with the State of Israel. Have you noticed how they are reporting the war in Iraq? I have become accustomed to front page stories with pictures of crying Iraqi women and children, who are bemoaning the fact that their home was destroyed by GI Joe.

Now I?m noticing that not a day goes by without them having a feature story on how the United States is responding to ?guerrilla attacks?, as though we, on the home front, are somehow at fault. The watchdog site against the Los Angeles Times, Join the Boycott.com, must be thoroughly confused now. All this time, they?ve been fighting the continued and obvious anti-Semitism of the newspaper only to find that their rampant bias and inaccurate reporting knows no bounds. Hey, I?ll bet that they even have Jews on their staff, ?some of their best friends....?

If it weren?t so serious, the recent quote by the wife of the bomber, as reported in the LA Times, after scores of American soldiers were ambushed recently, it would be laughable. This quote came after the family was told to leave a house to which US troops had traced their attackers, a house filled with explosives, which was subsequently destroyed. ?My husband had nothing to do with politics,? said stricken-looking Suaad Haadi, the wife of Suhail Najim. ?He was a farmer, and he used his pickup truck to deliver milk from our cows.? Of course, the column was accompanied by a huge picture showing Suaad Haadi looking, as the Times so eloquently described, ?stricken?.

However, it is ironic that watching the evening news now, or reading the newspapers, reminds me exactly of how I felt while watching the coverage of the intifada and seeing what was being done about it. Our government is beginning to respond with force and going in and bombing everything in sight in reaction to the roadside bombings against our soldiers.

Thank G-d I haven?t noticed the US opening the jails (oh, I almost forgot, Saddam did that for us before he left). But, I truly believe that even our stupidest of civic employees aren?t moronic enough to release a jail full of murderers to go out and kill and commit carnage again. Especially for three dead bodies and one live businessman who shouldn?t have been there in the first place. (This is exactly an exchange that is in store for Israel right now.)

Considering the logic that?s usually used concerning Israel, I wonder how long it?s going to take until I read in the paper how these bombings and attacks against our forces in Iraq are the fault of Israel.

I?ve already read in the LA Times, after the recent horrific bombing in Turkey, that the reason for the attacks was ?to show the government of Turkey that if you have good relations with Israel this is what will happen.?

Better the newspaper should write that the mentality of these barbarians is seventh century and all they understand is power. It is not, I repeat, not a war with Israel causing our problems. It is a war of mentality and culture, with Islam-in-motion to destroy the practitioner of any religion who isn?t them.

Possibly, one day, the American media will realize that the terrorists who Israel has been forced to release are most likely going to cross over into Iraq and join their ?brothers? in planning and executing attacks against U.S. forces there. It?s already come back to bite them. Do you think the Times and the rest of the news media will remember all of those front page editorials? The ones that they featured showing the plight of the ?poor Palestinians? fatherless families?, who are forced to ?suffer? while Israel kept their members languishing in prisons? Well, the world has forced Israel to open up the jails and let those murderers out. Should be interesting to see what devastation and carnage they?ll do now.





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