Every once in a while I like to take a news item from the Israeli English websites and compare how it is covered by each.
Today I compared the story about a Commission of Inquiry that will be set up to investigate the (mis)treatment of the Gush Katif evacuees.
The Jpost.com has the article here, with a picture of an orange-shirted man being pulled by a policeman (with a caption that he is being arrested).
Ynetnews.com covers it here, with an “emotional” picture of an orange shirted woman with her head in her hands, next to someone holding a child.
Haaretz.com also has the article, without a picture.
What is fascinating, to me at least, is the fact that each article is almost exactly the same – with one glaring difference. Both the articles in Jpost and Ynet contain a paragraph about Member of Knesset Vilan (Meretz) claiming that setting up the commission was “cheap populism”. Haaretz chose to ignore this little tidbit.
I’ve said it more than once on this blog – you have to read the news with a critical eye. Every news source is biased, and has an agenda. Even those that try to be evenhanded will emphasize one piece of the story over the other. Sometimes the only way to get the full picture is to read about a topic in more than one place.