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Ha’aretz Does The Dirty on Me

A few weeks ago, a reporter by the name of “S” emailed me, requesting an interview about my blog for a story she was writing. After replying that this was totally fine with me and providing her with my phone number, she called me to arrange a time to talk on the phone – Wednesday at 4:00PM. Since I was at work, I made sure to schedule my meetings around this time. I was a bit surprised that a left-wing newpaper like Ha’aretz would be interested in my blog, but I figured it was more a story about anglo immigrants in Israel expressing themselves. At 3:55PM on Wednesday, “S” called me and cancelled the interview, telling me another story came up and that she would be in touch with me at a later point in time. These things happen, and I was totally fine with it. But I have just now discovered that “S” did indeed go ahead and do the interview, sans Israellycool. I do not object to the mere fact that my blog was left out of the story, but rather the dishonest approach adopted by “S”. I agreed to take time out of my schedule to speak with her, and what I received in return was an outright lie 5 minutes before the scheduled time. I can only speculate as to the reason why my blog was left out. Perhaps it is too right-wing for Ha’aretz after all? As for the lying, it is unfortunately all too common in the journalism profession.

 

Update: “S” has called me up after seeing this blog entry.

  • She apologized for cancelling 5 minutes before the scheduled time of our meeting.

  • She explained that another story did actually come up, and she had intended on calling me at a later date. However, she was so busy that she forgot to call. In the meantime, the blogging story went ahead with the interviews that she had already conducted.

  • The omission of many of the more popular Israeli blogs was a result of her wanting to “support the underdog”, rather than a reflection of a bias against more right-wing views.
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    Update 22/9: I have actually met “S” in real life, and I must say that I got it wrong. She is delightful, and I take back everything I said. Really!

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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
    Picture of David Lange

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

    1 thought on “Ha’aretz Does The Dirty on Me”

    1. you’re a very ambitious blogger. remember that this is first and foremost supposed to be fun 😉

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