September 28, 2011, - 1:26 am
FOX News found an interesting way to wish a Happy Rosh HaShanah to its politically conservative Jewish viewers . . . by designating Jerusalem as “Jewish-occupied territory.” This is what appeared for most of Tuesday on FOXNews.com and at the time I was writing this entry (at 1:00 p.m. Eastern). (It has since been changed but was up this way for hours, and just as I was trying to post about it at 1:00 p.m., my internet service died and I could not get online for hours since my computer had a virus).
Over the weekend, FOX News Chief Roger Ailes gave an interview in which, among other things, he said that FOX News is veering away from its conservatism to become more “mainstream” and “moderate.” And, apparently, part of that new era of “moderation” is calling the capital of the Jewish State of Israel, “Occupied East Jerusalem,”on the eve of the Jewish New Year holiday. Today, FOX News posted the outrageous article, whining about newly-approved Jewish “settlements” in “Occupied East Jerusalem.” I’ve posted the headline and first paragraph of the story as it appeared on FOXNews.com for hours today.
PAWNN: Prince Al-Waleed’s FOX News Says Jerusalem is “Jewish Occupied Territory”
While you might claim it’s an AP story, big deal. Publications frequently edit and create their own headlines for AP stories and FOX News chose to go with “Occupied East Jerusalem” as an editorial decision and position. That FOX News chose even to run this BS story opposing Jewish civil rights and promoting Muslims’ bigoted redlining of Jews was an editorial position on the part of FOX News. This comes after FOX News, earlier in the year, chose to refer to Egypt, NOT Israel, as “America’s closest ally in the Middle East.”
Anytime anyone–let alone a purported news organization–uses the term “occupied” about any inch of land in Israel, it’s a bigoted, anti-Semitic term. It implies that anytime a Jew lives somewhere on land that he legitimately owns or for which he pays rent, it’s illegitimate; but anytime an Arab or Muslim lives on or rents that land, it is legitimate. That’s bigotry and anti-Semitism, plain and simple. And it’s no different than the promotion of the Nazis’ anti-Semitic laws against Jews owning property. Now, FOX News, by editorial choice and design, is promoting this point of view.
Fair and Balanced? Not even close.
Yet another reason why FOX News is more aptly referred to by my name for it: PAWNN–the Prince Al-Waleed News Network.
Remember, he owns nearly Ten Percent of the network and its parent News Corp. And he and the Murdochs are incredibly close.
Too close for comfort.