Wednesday, April 23, 2008

News Never Revealed Inside the US! Reality Check, Please

That exceedingly prolific writer, Anonymous, left this comment on "Jimmy Carter, Condoleezza Rice, and Paying Attention" (April 22, 2008):

"Anonymous said...

what is your opinion on,

news never revealed inside the US one wonders why?
Here's that URL, as a link:

My opinion is that this is a pretty good piece of Reuters reporting.

And, I love those cultured British accents.

As to "news never revealed inside the US one wonders why?" - that presupposes that the news was never revealed inside the US.

Here's a reality check, from a few minutes with Google:
  • "Hamas offers truce in return for 1967 borders"
    msnbc (April. 21, 2008)
    "Khaled Mashaal told The Associated Press that he made the offer to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in talks on Saturday. "We have offered a truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, a truce of 10 years as a proof of recognition," Mashaal said.
    "In his comments Monday, Mashaal used the Arabic word "hudna," meaning truce, which is more concrete than "tahdiya" — a period of calm — which Hamas often uses to describe a simple cease-fire."
  • "Hamas Leader Vows Not to Recognize Israel After Carter Trumpets Terror Group's Willingness to Be Good 'Neighbor'"
    FOXNews (April 21, 2008)
    "Just hours after former President Jimmy Carter trumpeted Hamas' agreement to let Israel "live as a neighbor," the same terrorist leader he met with face-to-face vowed not to recognize the Jewish state.
    "But Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal did offer Israel a 10-year truce if it withdraws from all lands it seized in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war."
  • "Carter says Hamas willing to be Israel's neighbor"
    NPR (April 21, 2008)
    "Hamas, which advocates Israel's destruction, instead recycled previous offers, including a 10-year truce if Israel takes the unlikely step of withdrawing from the West Bank and Jerusalem first.
    "Hamas has repeatedly confounded observers with its conflicting messages. Actions on the ground — seven rockets were fired on Israel from Hamas-ruled Gaza Monday, including one that wounded a 4-year-old boy — contradicted the Islamic militant group's positive words about coexistence and a truce."
I don't fault Anonymous with not being aware of the relatively heavy coverage of Former President Carter's meetings with Hamas leaders and others in the Middle East. Besides, Anonymous may be technically accurate. I have not seen the Reuters video used by American news media, nor have I seen an exact copy of the Reuters text. American news services often use Associated Press news copy.

'Everyone knows' that American news media show only one side of the Middle East issues: so why spend a few minutes on one of the world's biggest search engines to confirm that?

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