Feb 01 2009

SoundBites

‘Moral Clarity’ or Potential War Crime? The Associated Press reported (12/27/08) that “thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons.” Columnist Charles Krauthammer cited this report (Washington Post, 1/2/09), as evidence that while “some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated . . . the Israel/Gaza war is not.” Krauthammer declared, “It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating. Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger.” Amnesty International […]

Feb 01 2009

FAIR Study: Human Rights Coverage Serving Washington’s Needs

FAIR finds editors downplaying Colombia’s abuses, amplifying Venezuela’s

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Click here to download pdf. Any evenhanded comparison of the Colombian and Venezuelan governments’ human rights records would have to note that, though Venezuela’s record is far from perfect, that country is by every measure a safer place than Colombia to live, vote, organize unions and political groups, speak out against the government or practice journalism. But a new survey by FAIR shows that, over the past 10 years, editors at four leading U.S. newspapers have focused more on purported human rights abuses in Venezuela than in Colombia, and their commentary would suggest that Venezuela’s government has a worse human […]