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Blatant L.A. Times Bias Against Israel

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am

L.A. Times, November 23, 2012:

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was tested Friday when a group of Gazan youths approached the border in an area Israel considers an off-limits buffer zone. One young man was shot and killed, Palestinian officials said. Nineteen other people were reportedly injured.

The shootings marked the first episode of violence since the cease-fire went into effect.

It did? Israel was the first to break the cease-fire? Are you sure you want to stick to that story?

L.A. Times, November 21, 2012:

Whether the truce holds remains to be seen. Though most of the major Palestinian factions joined Hamas in Cairo to negotiate the deal, smaller, Al Qaeda-inspired extremist groups in Gaza have proved difficult to control.

Even after the cease-fire took effect, about half a dozen rockets were fired into Israel.

Oh well. Probably the reporter for the most recent story was simply unaware of the rocket attacks mentioned in the earlier story?

Um, no. Both stories were written by the same reporter: Edmund Sanders.

They are, quite simply, lying to their readers.

Thanks to df, who blogged this here.


  1. Ding.

    Comment by Patterico (8b3905) — 11/26/2012 @ 7:49 am

  2. I prefer “brazen” to “blatant” in this case.

    Comment by SPQR Grammar Nazi (768505) — 11/26/2012 @ 8:17 am

  3. Naw. Edmund doesn’t believe anything the Palestinians do should be considered “violence”. It’s only when the Jews do something that it becomes “violence”.

    So firing a half dozen high-explosive devices at random into civilian areas is not violence, but shooting one infiltrator is. See?

    Comment by Rob Crawford (e6f27f) — 11/26/2012 @ 8:56 am

  4. Look guys, it was all a misunderstanding. The Gaza Estes Model Rocket Society was just having a Launch Fair, that’s all.

    Nothing to see.

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (7c3d5b) — 11/26/2012 @ 9:27 am

  5. See, when the Palestinians do it, it is a rogue faction, so it doesn’t count. The Israeli’s mistake is not leaving border security to some Kach faction.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 11/26/2012 @ 9:51 am

  6. Yeah but, firing rockets into Israel does NOT count as an “episode of violence” unless someone actually gets killed!

    Comment by Icy (auntieZiOn) (d2bc82) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:32 am

  7. What you are missing is the idea that the Palestinians don’t actually commit violence until their little rocket attacks end up killing somebody. Otherwise, they are just exuberantly celebrating something or other with a cross-border fireworks show.

    It’s kind of like when I have too much to drink at the local pub, get into an argument, then take a wild swing at some fellow and miss him by two feet. If he responds by connecting with a punch to my nose then clearly he is the instigator since my attempt at a punch was so inept.

    Comment by JVW (4826a9) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:33 am

  8. Icy beat me to it.

    Comment by JVW (4826a9) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:34 am

  9. Meanwhile:
    “Scientists to exhume Yasser Arafat’s remains to investigate poison theories”

    – If you thought he smelled bad before . . .

    Comment by Icy (auntieZiOn) (d2bc82) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:36 am

  10. I think the analogy the Times might employ would be thus:

    Tho you feed it and change its shreds, your hamster hates your guts free in your world while he locked in his cage.

    He runs only at night, all night, to get even. But until the day he gives the family hanta virus nothing he can do comes close. You euthanize the cute little vermin.

    For this you must die.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:53 am

  11. If only the Israelis would agree to being wiped off the map, there would be no further conflict.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (65d289) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:58 am

  12. … just on the other side.

    Comment by htom (412a17) — 11/26/2012 @ 10:59 am

  13. OMG, this is HUGE!

    Comment by P. Tillman (fcbc8b) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:11 am

  14. HUGE I tell ya!

    Comment by P. Tillman (fcbc8b) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:12 am

  15. Why am I not surprised that P. Tillman doesn’t find anti-Semitism to be a big deal ?

    Comment by Elephant Stone (65d289) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:16 am

  16. Dillweed is a HUGE idiot! That is all.

    Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (721840) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:17 am

  17. “OMG, this is HUGE!”

    Petey – Tell all your friends, if you have any.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:30 am

  18. Anti-Israeli bias at the LAT:

    It’s noon at the LA zoo. All of a sudden screams fill the air. A child has wandered to close to the lion cage and a lion has grabbed it and is trying to pull him through the fence. Out of the blue a man runs up and punches the lion in the nose. Confused rather than hurt the lion drops the child and backs away, and the man pulls the child to safety. An LAT reporter is there on his lunch hour and interviews the man. It turns out that he’s an Israeli. The reporter notices his jacket; the guy’s a member of a motorcycle club that gets together for Sunday rides. The reporter gets a few more details, and tells the guy he can plan on reading about himself in the next day’s edition now that his bravery has brought him to the attention of the press. So the next day the man buys the paper to see what the LAT has to say about him. The headline:

    Jewish Gang Member Beats Up African Immigrant, Steals His Lunch!

    Comment by Steve57 (7a880e) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:37 am

  19. Elephant Stone @15, Jooooo hatred is his natural state. Why should he see the LAT’s lies as anything but business as usual?

    Comment by Steve57 (7a880e) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:39 am

  20. Interesting they have disinterred Turgut Ozal, (who?) and it seems he was actually poisoned sometime in the early 90s,

    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/26/2012 @ 11:45 am


    Comment by narciso (ee31f1) — 11/26/2012 @ 12:13 pm

  22. PT’s antisemitism ain’t news.

    Comment by SPQR (6c7367) — 11/26/2012 @ 12:16 pm

  23. Lying to their readers?
    Oh, say it isn’t so.
    How will The Paper of Record in CA ever survive such an accusation?

    Murdoch, you need this paper!

    Comment by askeptic (b8ab92) — 11/26/2012 @ 12:20 pm

  24. And what why did these lovely youths enter the buffer zone in the first place? What were they planning to do there?

    Comment by Milhouse (15b6fd) — 11/26/2012 @ 1:10 pm

  25. Shorter Tillman: “Don’t get y’alls hook-noses out of joint on this one.”

    Comment by Icy (he40Unil) (15e9b9) — 11/26/2012 @ 2:12 pm

  26. If Mitt Romney wanted to:

    1) Promote center-right values
    2) Rebuild a dying company
    3) Fire lots of people

    he could do worse than buy the LA Times. I hear it’s for sale. Cheap.

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 11/26/2012 @ 4:30 pm

  27. Kevin M (bf8ad7) wrote:

    If Mitt Romney wanted to:

    1) Promote center-right values
    2) Rebuild a dying company
    3) Fire lots of people

    he could do worse than buy the LA Times. I hear it’s for sale. Cheap.

    Will anyone complain if he ships those jobs to China?

    Comment by The snarky Dana (f68855) — 11/26/2012 @ 5:10 pm

  28. Once again Patterico has caught
    The Times doing journalism, not!
    It’s too bad that
    The story’s old hat,
    ‘Cause that paper is nothing but rot!

    Comment by The Limerick Avenger (f68855) — 11/26/2012 @ 5:12 pm

  29. Hashtags reveal secrets.

    Though I suspect I’m the slowest turnip in the race.

    Comment by Pious Agnostic (20c167) — 11/26/2012 @ 5:15 pm

  30. Those weren’t missile-missiles, you know?

    Comment by Simon Jester (49826f) — 11/26/2012 @ 7:09 pm

  31. The Limerick Avenger,

    Brother, you need to post more often.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (65d289) — 11/26/2012 @ 7:13 pm

  32. Israel is on record it will ‘splode the Iranian freighter identified as carrying rearmaments to Gaza.

    It’s about to get interesting.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 11/26/2012 @ 8:13 pm

  33. Ms. Susan Rice tomorrow fingers DNI Clapper.

    As if pig snouts and gonads weren’t enough to turn me off hot dogs.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 11/26/2012 @ 8:17 pm

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