Watching Reuters Middle East

If you want to get a clearer picture of the way the news is manipulated, the Reuters Middle East Watch  website is well worth a regular look.  We will add it to our blogroll.

It includes the quote  –

“Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them”. — Sir Harold Evans,  Editor, The Sunday Times (1967-81)- as well as references to common propaganda and logical fallacies. 

One recent analysis has a good response to the commonly used expression “Arab East Jeruasalem” .

They state that it is factually incorrect to refer to the area as Arab East Jerusalem since, 1) there is not today and never has been a distinct city formally recognized as “East Jerusalem”, 2) depending on the data source, 42-44% of the population in the eastern part of the city is Jewish, and 3) the Jewish population in this area would today likely be even greater had the Jordanian army not killed or ethnically cleansed many thousands of Jews living in the eastern part of the city when it invaded in 1948. In fact, the phrase “Arab East Jerusalem” originated as a result of that ethnic cleansing to describe the situation on the ground.”

This website also links to an equally impressive “Biased BBC” site.  For an amusing insight into how a formidable politician – the London Mayor Boris Johnson – trumps a pompous BBC interviewer, Jeremy Paxman, see here.  There should be more like Boris.

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