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May 20, 2011

An Outright Lie Is Not Reporting

The Washington Post reports on Obama's Middle East speech:

Obama [...] called, to Israel’s consternation, for a settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of Israel’s 1967 borders — an unprecedented step for a U.S. president.

Wow. What an outright lie. Every president I can remember has called for a deal on the basis of the 1967 borders.

How embarrassing for the Post when one can even turn to a pro-Israel propagandist like Jeffery Goldberg to find that admitted:

I'm amazed at the amount of insta-commentary out there suggesting that the President has proposed something radical and new by declaring that Israel's 1967 borders should define -- with land-swaps -- the borders of a Palestinian state. I'm feeling a certain Groundhog Day effect here. This has been the basic idea for at least 12 years. This is what Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat were talking about at Camp David, and later, at Taba. This is what George W. Bush was talking about with Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. So what's the huge deal here? Is there any non-delusional Israeli who doesn't think that the 1967 border won't serve as the rough outline of the new Palestinian state?

One expects such outright lying on the neoconned op-ed pages of the Post. But to have such blatant lies produced in a page 1 report is much more serious. It makes all reporting by the Post untrustworthy.

Otherwise it was a lame speech by a lame president who anyway never does what he promises.

Posted by b on May 20, 2011 at 8:40 UTC | Permalink


I caught that myself. Obviously, WaPo has a vested interest in maintaining the Obama-As-Superhuman-Man-Of-Destiny meme that the people love to slurp up, especially heading into an election cycle. Unfortunately, these days one has to resort to outright lies in order to accomplish this since the only alternative would be to move the goalposts to include such awe-inspiring newsnuggets as "...and in the morning, after tying his very own necktie without any assistance, the President proceeded to eat breakfast; an accomplishment long sought by former administrations."

Posted by: Monolycus | May 20 2011 12:32 utc | 1

Come on now, Monolycus, that's not even the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The Tie was a Clip-on.

Posted by: Morocco Bama | May 20 2011 13:36 utc | 2

Rhetoric for the upcoming election, nothing more. Lies in the US press occur daily, especially where Israel is concerned. In the US, we're not allowed access to relevant debate about a two state solution, even though it's key to settling the issue. Israel will never agree with a fair resolution to '67 border problem. The forces now in control, figure the current Apartheid policy, will, in time, solve the problem.

Posted by: ben | May 20 2011 15:24 utc | 3

In Obama's world a man will say whatever is necessary to keep a good job. Telling the truth and risking offence is as Rahm Emanuel would say ' fucking retarded.'

Posted by: bevin | May 20 2011 15:35 utc | 4

The only reason they and their ilk are not completely irrelevant, is because you learn, what they want you to think...

Fuck them all, route around em, in other words, by pass em...

Example: Wikileaks releases the Pakistan Papers*


Posted by: Uncle $cam | May 20 2011 17:48 utc | 5

Me, as a European, I find American attitudes increasingly bizarre.

The reason, everybody knows, is that the US is so isolated from the outside world that any argument seems credible. Particularly those of AIPAC, who have long ago discovered how this trick works.

Nobody believes Obama's speech, other than Netanyahu, who finds it useful.

Posted by: alexno | May 20 2011 20:44 utc | 6

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