Thursday, October 12, 2006
LEUNIG GETS IT RIGHT
Sometimes the Melbourne Age chief cartoonist and icon in residence gets it right.
Today's cartoon is brilliant and insightful in that it highlights one of the major deficiencies in news reporting these days.
Leunig correctly exposes the reporting sin of deliberate omission, one that much of the media is guilty of committing from time to time - even his own paper, the Melbourne Age.
Especially when it comes to its coverage of the events of the ongoing conflict between Israel and her neighbours.
Hardly a day goes by without a negative or critical article about Israel in the Age. There is no other nation in the world that has every aspect of its conduct scrutinised as closely as does the Jewish State in this newspaper. Those who oppose it, including the more violent ones, are often depicted as victims and subject to suffering; the families of suicide bombers receive more sympathetic attention than the bombers who kill and maim innocent people.
Conversely, when internal violence between the different terrorist gangs in Gaza or the West Bank leads to a dozen deaths including those of innocent bystanders as it did last week, heads turn the other way. The violent death cults, the intimidation, the honour killings and the bombing of churches by armed Palestinian groups in these territories are barely on the radar of the Age newspaper.
It's all just more stuff for the blank pages.
Posted by Wilbur Post at 4:45 pm