Infamous Moments In Media Bias: Time Magazine on Menachem Begin


In May 1977, after Menachem Begin was elected Israel’s 6th Prime Minister, Time Magazine decided to describe him as follows:

His first name means “comforter.”

Menachem Begin (rhymes with Fagin) has been anything but that to his numerous antagonists.

Yes, really. Time thought it a good idea to “help with the pronunciation of his name” by invoking Fagin, the crafty old Jewish villain of Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

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Even with what I am used to seeing from the mainstream media these days, this still has me shaking my head.

Update: Dry Bones‘ excellent response

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