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Friday, April 04, 2008

ABC CARELESS

Barry Rubin recalls an ABC interview on the main Middle East events of last year:

I said that the most important single thing was Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip, an action which set back the chances for peace by many years, even decades.

When the story was broadcast it had been edited so that I appeared to be saying that Israel policy had set back the chances for peace by many years, even decades.

I filed an official complaint and in the end they came down on my side, sort of. The decision was that the piece had been carelessly edited or something like that. In the online correction, however, they didn’t even say that but merely that I had asked that an explanation be added to make clear my point was not about Israeli policy.

Of course, the reporter had done it on purpose.

The ABC is loaded with careless types. They’re forgetful, too.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/04/2008 at 01:32 PM
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