Sunday, August 24, 2008
A Note and Request to My Readers who Receive My Posts in Their Email
The email version of my posts is generated around a day after I write it. So when I wrote in my post below that the US media had not covered the story of the boats that arrived in Gaza, that was true when I looked at Google News. Apparently I checked a bit early because there was an article later in the New York Times here, as well as in a few other papers. The lag may have something to do with deadlines, but the fact remains that there were more pieces in the European media about the boats, and at earlier times, than in the US media. And I don't think that is explained merely by American parochialism and time-zones. US newspapers rarely write about Israeli human rights violations; occasionally you will see an article about the settlements or the security fence; less frequently, something about Gaza. In my message below I said "ask Walt and Mearsheimer" but what I really meant to say is that the the US media is anchored deeply in the Zionist consensus; on this you can see my post here. Don't get me wrong; some of my best friends and family are political Zionists. But until people know what really goes on over here, the suffering will continue. And now my request -- if you get my posts via email, can you just drop me a line telling me so at email@example.com. For reasons that baffle me I cannot determine how many people subscribe via email. Thanks.