This week’s summit meeting of Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh furthered the general optimism that’s brewing in the region. On a day of handshakes and hopeful pronouncements, most of the media depicted the event in positive, forward-looking terms, as illustrated in this cartoon by Gary Varvel of the Indianapolis Star:
Martin Fletcher of NBC News noted the key recent event that has made everything possible: ‘What today’s agreement shows is that America and Israel were right when they said that Yasser Arafat was an obstacle to peace.’
It’s broadly understood that Arafat blocked progress because he was stuck in a ‘blame-Israel-no-matter-what’ mode. That type of thinking doomed previous peace negotiations, and is what the whole civilized world is now trying to move beyond.
Yet The (UK) Guardian is stuck promoting this very message. An editorial cartoon by Steve Bell spins the Sharm summit ? the most peaceful moment of the past four years ? as some sort of Israeli force-play against the Palestinians:
© Steve Bell 2005 / All Rights Reserved
The starting point for any credible newspaper is a modicum of objectivity. But Bell’s cartoon demonstrates that The Guardian is more aligned with the fringe anti-Israel ideology of Yasser Arafat, than it is with the ideal of journalism.
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The Guardian employs Bell ? who has drawn a daily cartoon at the paper since 1981 ? to promote the paper’s basic editorial positions. With this cartoon, The Guardian positions itself outside the bounds of objective journalism, stuck in an advocacy role of ‘just blame Israel.’
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