[Marxism] more media syncophancy on Israel

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Mon Dec 29 09:52:48 MST 2008



Glenn Greenwald - salon.com  -   Monday Dec. 29, 2008 08:07  EST
 
 
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To see what Cheney aide Cathie Martin meant when she explained that  Cheney 
knew he could go on Meet the Press and  "control the message" -- and to see in 
action David Gregory's model of  sycophantic, unchallenging "journalism" -- 
one could do no better than to  examine _Gregory's embarrassingly deferential 
"interview"  yesterday_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28408003/)  with Israel's 
Foreign Minister, Tzipi  Livni.  It's a perfect template for how our American 
press corps (with  some rare exceptions) functions. 
Whatever one's views are on Israel's attack on Gaza -- pro, con or otherwise  
-- there's no denying that it's an extremely controversial matter -- at least 
it  is in the world that exists outside of mainstream American political  
discourse.  Even _within Israel_ 
(http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050459.html) , there are _scathing criticisms_ 
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-mitchell/attack-on-gaza-as-usual-u_b_153757.html)  of what the  Israeli Government 
is doing -- on both strategic and moral grounds.  Yet  none of those 
objections made their way into David Gregory's interview of  Livni.  He didn't present 
her with a single argument against  the Israeli attack.  He didn't challenge a 
single word she  uttered.  He was even more sycophantic with her than the 
average American  journalist is with the average American political leader. 
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<_http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/12/29/gregory/index.html_ (http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/12/29/gregory/index.html) 
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