Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says that the flotilla headed to Gaza was populated by "hired thugs." That and this morning's top headlines.
As a former admirer of Daniel Schorr and NPR's willingness to openly investigate a situation like the peace flotilla blockade and cold blooded massacres on international waters, I am instead left stunned by the cunning spiel about this memorable disaster and disappointed by Israeli's strategies to morph the blame and consequences onto someone else's instigation, namely Turkey. I now place Daniel Schorr in league with Helen Thomas, although the latter spoke from her heartand apologized for her careless outburst, while the former spoke without remorse from his glib allegiance to the truth-defying likudian script which compromises the good character of Israel and its concerned citizens.
Is eight minutes of unrestrained Israeli government propaganda your idea of journalism? Instead of sticking Mr. Beinart [a neo-conservative who has very recently raised objections to Mr. Oren's conservative government] on a different day, why not put someone like Glenn Greenwald on against Mr. Oren so we can get some semblance of balance on this issue? Telling your listeners to "go to our website to hear both sides" is simply embarrassing. Or, don't bother at all.
Responding to Michael Oren's extremely warped view with such softball questions requires time devoted immediately afterward to a more enlightened guest.
I was left reeling from your so-called interview with Israel's US ambassador Michael Oren. Never was there a mention of the issue of our country's financial and political support. Many americans quetion wether continuing with billions of dollars in tax payer money year in year out is putting us in more harm's way and antagonizing much of the world when that money is used to continue occupation and land annexation, as well as Gaza's blockade. These are questions that should be plainly, succintly posed when you have an Israeli representative on your show- rather than the tired same old's that wer got from your interviewer.
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