Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Comparative Journalism 101

Exhibit A: The New York Times, 11 August 2009, Isabel Kershner:

Fatah Party Election Brings in a New Generation

Fatah, the mainstream Palestinian nationalist party, elected a mostly new leadership committee, ushering in a younger generation and ousting some prominent veterans, according to preliminary results released here on Tuesday.

The new leaders are considered more pragmatic than their predecessors and grew up locally, in contrast to the exile-dominated leadership they are replacing. But many are familiar names who have already played active roles in Palestinian society and the peace process...

Exhibit B: The Jerusalem Post, 12 August 2009, Khaled Abu Toameh:

Analysis: New faces of an unreformed, hard-line Fatah

Many of the newly-elected members of Fatah's Central Committee may be younger than their ousted predecessors, but that does not necessarily mean that they are more reform-minded or less corrupt.

Nor does the election of the young guard representatives signal a shift toward moderation...

...The assumption that Muhammad Dahlan, Jibril Rajoub, Marwan Barghouti and Tawfik Tirawi are more moderate than old-timers like Ahmed Qurei, Nabil Sha'ath and Hani al-Hassan is completely mistaken.

Fatah's strongman in Lebanon, Sultan Abu al-Aynain, who was also elected as member of the committee, is being described by some media outlets as one of Fatah's "fresh faces."

But Fatah insiders say Abu al-Aynain is known as a "ruthless thug who does not hesitate to liquidate anyone who stands in his way."

So it is with extreme pleasure that I relay this Silicon Alley Insider story titled, "NYT Could Take A $1 Billion Bath Selling The Boston Globe".

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of anti-civilization moonbats.

Idea: Dan from New York.

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