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Fox News: Israel's PR Channel

Reported by Janie - August 31, 2006 -

Spokesman Ghazi Hamad, a Palestinian spokesman and member of Hamas issued his personal opinion regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in an op-ed which was published Sunday. Jim Angle, substitute host on "Special Report" last night (8/30) briefly reported on the op-ed, labeling it an "honest assessment".

According to Angle:

"A Palestinian spokesman and member of Hamas has offered a refreshingly honest assessment of Palestinian problems.

Spokesman Ghazi Hamad calls life in Gaza 'miserable and wretched,' but he's not pinning the blame entirely on the Israelis.

The senior Hamas official says Palestinians have been 'attacked by the bacteria of stupidity,' saying: 'The anarchy, chaos, pointless murders, the plundering of lands. What do all of these have to do with the occupation?'

Hamad continues, 'We're used to blaming our mistakes on others. We are still trapped by the mentality of conspiracy theories,' adding, 'We have lost our sense of direction.'"

Comment: Some people may agree with this assessment of the situation, while others may vehemently disagree. This explanation certainly does not detail every aspect of fault in the conflict, but according to a supposed "News" channel, this is an "honest assessment".

It is entirely inappropriate for a news channel, one that has labeled itself "fair and balanced" nonetheless, to make such a judgment. The op-ed should be reported on, accurately, allowing the viewers to make the decision. According to Angle's reporting only Hamad's viewpoint is an "honest" one, allowing no room for any other viewpoint held by the Palestinian people.

On top of allowing his judgment to cloud his reporting, Angle has misrepresented the word's of Hamad, making Angle's declaration of honesty even worse.

Hamad makes it blatantly clear that he believes Israel is a part of the problem, but the op-ed would only focus on the problems he sees in Palestine:

"After the withdrawal from Gaza, we hoped for a bright future, we thought that this year we will reap the fruits of our sacrifices. But I ask myself today – why did the occupation return to Gaza. The occupation – wise men and commentators will say – is responsible. I am not defending the occupation, but I want to stop at our mistakes, which we are accustomed to blame on others."

Hamad finishes:

"Let's admit to our mistakes, let's do some logical soul searching and place the interest of our people before us and say honestly – We were right here and we erred there. Only then will we see that the faces of Gaza and the homeland changes,"

Angle does not make it clear to his viewers that Hamad is only looking at the problem from one side, ignoring Israel's role in the problem.

Could the Republicans and Israel find a better propaganda outlet?