Wednesday, July 7, 2010

HP Throws Honesty Out the Window...Again

Yesterday the Huffington Post published an article that went far and beyond just a misleading headline to an unquestionable case of clear anti-Israel bias. Here is the original link, and now for a shot of the headline.

Wow! I know I haven't been keeping as close of an eye on settlement growth as I have been, but 42 percent? That must have been a huge increase!

Except, of course, this is the HP. So no, that headline is not only incorrect, but isn't even related to what the article is about. The article is about a soldier who was indicted for a charge of manslaughter during Cast Lead. The HP covered that story too, so I guess this is another case of a story pulling double duty. But anyway, where in this article does the information about the 42 percent appear? Let me illustrate using a graphic:

There it is! Not even close to the top of the page. And what does it say?
"Although the actual buildings of the settlements cover just 1 percent of the West Bank's land area, they have jurisdiction over more than 42 percent, the B'Tselem report said. Much of that land was seized from Palestinian landowners in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court ban, the group said."
Later down the page there was another pro-settler group contesting the amount. The truth is that the headline gives the impression that "settlements" aka buildings cover almost half of the West Bank. And considering that the HP must have combed through this article to find the objectionable paragraph, I find it difficult to believe that they somehow missed what it actually said.

Of course, there are already 500 comments on the thread, most of them expressing outrage at the settlements. I guess the HP has done it's work for today.

1 comment:

  1. No new Jewish community has been built in Yesha since 1995. In all the outrageous comments on an alleged Israeli land grab, I have not seen ONE CRITICAL of Israel's government for the racist and apartheid policy it pursues against Israeli Jews living in Yesha.

    Not ONE comment about it on the HP!