New York Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman unleashed a screed yesterday on the Huffington Post about how the media never covers how bad it is for Israelis dealing with Palestinian terrorism. He should know.
Zuckerman's "blog," as the Huffington Post insists on calling posts, is headlined "The Story You Aren't Hearing About Israel," and leads with this:
Did you hear about the two policemen who stopped to help a driver stuck with a flat—and were shot to death in the head at point-blank range?
Did you know about the 120-kilogram bomb planted in a parking lot adjacent to a shopping mall where thousands of people were milling about the stores, restaurants, and movie theaters?
No, of course, you didn't. These are just two everyday incidents of the ordeal confronted by people in Israel while the world and the political leaders look away. Outrages like these do not make it into the Western media, which exhibit the familiar phenomenon of monitoring only the conflicts that are the flavor of the month.... Ordinary Israelis despair of the cruel bias.
Alright, let's take the bait! Here's the New York Times covering the two police officers getting shot. And here's the Washington Post. And here's the Los Angeles Times. Other papers that ignored the story by writing about it include the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel, and the London Daily Telegraph.
Zuckerman also, in passing, blames the murders of the traffic cops on the fact that "Israel eased restrictions on movement in the Nablus area of the West Bank." This is false, according to Israeli police commanders:
Senior police officials say that the removal of checkpoints and the low intensity of Israel Defense Forces operations in the West Bank did not contribute to Sunday's shooting death of two traffic cops in the Jordan Valley.
But Zuckerman doesn't believe them, because he is a raving anti-Semite.