The News That's Fit to Delete

Unfortunately, the mainstream media have to deal with a long list of occurrences which don't quite fit their cliches.

Giulio Meotti

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“All the News That's Fit to Print” is the New York Times' famous motto. But what is the mainstream media to do when much of the news doesn’t fit  the “Arab Revolution” cliché sold by the foreign journalists to the public?

For example:

Ali Abdel Fattah, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, long-banned in Egypt, declared to the daily newspaper USA Today that the Brotherhood would seek "the preservation of honor by stoning adulterers, punishing gays, requiring Muslim women to cover their heads and shoulders in public and killing Muslims who leave their faith”.

Well over a million people chanted “To Jerusalem we are heading! Martyrs in the millions!”.

A world radical Islamist leader, Yusuf al Qaradawi, took the leadership of the Egyptian revolution and returned to preach to millions in the Egyptian mosques after three decades of exile since the assassination of Sadat.

An Iranian-made Grad missile was fired at the Israeli city of Beersheva for the first time since Cast Lead.

Two Iranian warships were allowed by Egypt to transit the Suez Canal for the first time since 1979.

Hizbullah’s leader Nasrallah said he will capture the Galilee. 

Google executive Wael Ghonim, who emerged as a leading secular voice in Egypt's uprising, was barred from the stage in Tahrir Square. 

Egypt has begun opening the border with the Gaza Strip and Hamas invited Imam Qaradawi (see above) to Gaza.

The Muslim Brotherhood has begun a campaign to replace Egypt’s top clergy with its own men, a move that would give them control of mosques, religious education, and lots of money.

Al Azhar, the most prestigious Islamic university, broke relations with the Vatican and the Pope didn’t say a thing. 

Mohamed Badi, the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, has pledged the group would "continue to raise the banner of jihad" against the Jews, which he called the group's "first and foremost enemies." He has railed against American imperialism, and calls for the establishment of an Islamic state. 

On Libyan TV, the imams accused the Zionists and the Americans of instigating the protests in the Middle East.

A senior member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood said there is virtually no peace agreement with the Zionist regime.

A Coptic Christian priest has been killed in southern Egypt and neighbors reported seeing masked men leaving the home shouting "Allah akbar".

Thousands of Tunisians have turned out to welcome home Rachid Ghannouchi, an Islamist leader who returned from 22 years of exile in the UK and who said that “there are no civilians in Israel”, but only targets.

A Muslim Bertherhood leader who wants to ban public kissings joined the committe to reform the Egyptian Constitution and another Brotherhood’s leader said, unsurprisingly,  that Christians and women are unsuitable for presidency.

Tunisia's prostitutes are living in fear of another attack since the Islamists tried to burn down the main prostitution district in Tunis. Meanwhile, Tunisia's transitional government approved a general amnesty of the country's Islamists detained in prison.

A hundred of Jordanian clerics demanded the government shut down “all nightclubs”.

Rioters in Libya chanted “no God but Allah” and hundreds demonstrated in front of the synagogue of Tunis, chanting “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return”.

In Jordan a minister just praised as a “hero” the soldier who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls.

Which of these is the news that the New York Times finds fit to print? It should not be easy for Thomas Friedman to understand the Middle East from his mansion in Maryland.