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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Time magazine cements its anti-Israel reputation

Time's Karl Vick does another hatchet job on Israel. He spends most of his time saying that Israel's government is racist and paranoid, but even his asides drip with bias:

Last week, after a Palestinian woman died after inhaling tear gas that was fired by Israeli troops, army spokesmen mounted a whisper campaign suggesting that she had died of natural causes. The unlikely, anonymous explanation was played prominently by Israeli newspapers. Those who said otherwise stood accused of trying to delegitimize the Israel Defense Forces.
I commented:
While the entire article is laughably biased, let's just look at one small part:

"The unlikely, anonymous explanation..."

I have been poring over scientific journals for the past week, and I have yet to find a single case of a healthy person who was killed outdoors by CS tear gas, let alone from over a hundred meters away. By assuming a one-in-a-billion chance that the woman was the single exception to that rule, we see that Karl Vick's interest in the truth is far lower than his interest in demonizing Israel.

If you want to see much more substantive criticisms of Vick's screed, check out Jennifer Rubin, Alana Goodman and CAMERA.