Insane Media Bias Of The Day: Sharon Funeral Edition

We already knew the mainstream media was generally biased against Israel, but one expects at least some subtlety.

This AFP report about Ariel Sharon’s death seems to prefer the sledgehammer approach.

Sharon died on Saturday after spending eight years in a coma that struck him at the height of a decades-long career which saw him lauded as a military hero and statesman, but also reviled as a warmongering criminal.

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Screenshot in case AFP sends this down the memory hole

Did I miss the memo about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now moonlighting as an AFP journalist?

To quote Elaine, I am speechless. I am without speech.

And that is saying a lot, given my years of watching the media.

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  • Mohammed the TeddyBear

    What a study in contrast, no? If Hafez Assad or Kim Jong-Il passes, they get the “Speak no evil of the dead” treatment and their crimes are forgotten, if not actually forgiven.

    If someone like Arik Sharon dies, though, it’s “WAR-CRIMES!”, “MURDERER!!” or “Kill the JOOOOOOZ!!” all the live-long day………

  • steve

    I think the way AFP article was poorly written. It gives the impression that the same people who lauded him later on in life as a statesman/hero also regarded him as a warmongering criminal at other times in his life. However, it is appropriate and balanced to note that some people view Sharon as a hero and statesman, while others clearly see him as a warmongering criminal.

    • Aryeh

      Some see Hitler as a hero and statesman. Some praise the arch-murderer Arafat. So what?

  • Jim_from_Iowa

    You don’t have to look at the foreign press to find examples of strongly-held opinions of Ariel Sharon openly expressed immediately after his death. Arutz Sheva has noted that Prime Minister Sharon was described by some as a “lion” “the bulldozer” “a disaster” and “a traitor to the Jewish people.” Israelis themselves surely see Ariel Sharon as a controversial figure for all the actions he took as a military and political figure during his long service to the state of Israel. To point out that Ariel Sharon was controversial, that he was both lauded and reviled seems to be stating the obvious.

  • AlexC

    I think youve missed the point Jim, if a politician isn’t “controversial” they probably aren’t doing their job properly. The point is the language used from what _should_ be an impartial news source. Read it again and note how there is no “some people say” it is clear the AP writer believes he is “a warmongering criminal.” Something usually left out of obituaries, I mean the AP managed to avoid mentioning how much Mandela enjoyed ‘Necklacing’ people.

  • Alex C

    I think youve missed the point Jim, if a politician isn’t “controversial” they probably aren’t doing their job properly. The point is the language used from what _should_ be an impartial news source. Read it again and note how there is no “some people say” it is clear the AP writer believes he is “a warmongering criminal.” Something usually left out of obituaries, I mean the AP managed to avoid mentioning how much Mandela enjoyed ‘Necklacing’ people.

  • Alex C

    Ugh, double post, sorry

  • Brian Goldfarb

    Concerning the contradictions within the media reports, it’s fascinating to read Benny Morris’s surprisingly sympathetic obituary (http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/158153/ariel-sharon-obituary?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=0b62231f67-1_12_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-0b62231f67-206701645), given that Morris would, probably, still regard himself as a leftist of sorts. He notes that Sharon started as a Mapainik, before moving right into Likud, but argues that he saw the necessity of, somehow, divesting Israel of the settlements over the Green Line (or of swapping land around, if necessary).

    Quite surprising for a supposed hard-line Rightist.

    • Steve Loeb

      Because he was above all a pragmatist who always had the survival of the Jewish people and the Jewish State as the primary mission of his life. May he rest in peace …