PoliticalEssays

July 20, 2006

Abiding By

Filed under: The Superpower — jaspar @ 2:10 pm
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POLITICAL ESSAYS
Abiding By
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Wednesday July 19, 2006
Associated Press
Israeli Censor Wielding Great Power 
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"The Associated Press has agreed, like other organ-
izations, to abide by the rules of the censor, which is
a condition for receiving permission to operate as a
media organization in Israel."
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Well, that's a tidy confession.
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It leaves out that abiding by the rules is two-faced: 
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(a) not doing what the censor says not to do, and
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(b) doing what the censor says to do.
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Now (a) is clear enough, but how does (b) work?
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The censor says to tell all the lies you can that will
make the victims of aggression look incompetent.
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So AP claims:
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"So far in this conflict, about one rocket in 100 fired
by Hezbollah has killed an Israeli.
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"The rest usually explode in empty fields, tear con-
crete from abandoned streets or plunk into the Medi-
terranean."
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AP gets away with this because the censor figures
its readers are so duncified they will never perceive
the significance of *empty* fields and  *abandoned*
streets...
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So AP reports the claim of a magazine editor that "the
rockets the Islamic militants use are 'spectacularly in-
accurate.'"
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AP gets away with this because the magazine, *Index
of Censorship,* claims to be "against" censorship...
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So AP reports the conclusion of the Nelson Scholar for
Journalism Values at a media studies organization:
"'We should always push back on censorship,'...even if
it's a losing fight."
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AP gets away with this because "Associated Press has
agreed...to abide by the rules of the censor...."
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ISRAEL_WAR_CENSORSHIP?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-07-19-19-30-13
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