Jews v. Arabs: It's war, even if the 'Times' tries to avoid calling it that
Al Jazeera reporting on the war in Gaza
Will somebody please call this a war?
You won't find the word "war" in this morning's lede story in the New York Times on Israel's bombardment and invasion of Gaza.
Is the Times afraid of offending New York's Jews, especially the right-wing Jewish establishment? Is it fearful of provoking a slew of accusations from that hawkish establishment that the paper is antisemitic? Probably.
But that's nuts. The word pops up several times in the city's main Jewish newspaper, the Daily Forward, which is definitely not a lefty publication.
For example, the Forward's lede story this morning is from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (the Chosen People's wire service), for whom Dina Kraft writes:
Practically all of the U.S. mainstream press goes through gyrations to avoid calling what's going on in the Middle East a "war."
That's why if you want to read the un-P.C. skinny about the current war between Arabs and Jews and about the complex, murky, often slimy world of American-Israeli politics, you have to read the Forward. Or at least the press in other countries.
Depending on your political or gastronomic persuasion, order another bagel or sfiha and click on these stories...
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
N.Y. Post: 'CAR FUMES KILL LOVERS'
Wall Street Journal: 'Israel to Discuss Gaza Cease-Fire'
N.Y. Post: 'MAN FATALLY STABS HIS PIT BULL'
Wall Street Journal: 'Job Test Spawns Culture of Cheating'
Jewish Daily Forward: 'Dovish Jewish Groups Break Ranks, Call for Cease-Fire'
N.Y. Post: 'UNEMPLOYMENT OUTAGE'
Wall Street Journal: 'Obama Pushes States to Cover More Unemployed'
Village Voice: 'Mayor Mike and the Yanks: City Hall gift-wraps another present for baseball's richest team' (Tom Robbins)
N.Y. Times: 'Obama Seeks to Mend Rift Over Panetta'
N.Y. Times: 'Facing Losses, Billionaire Takes His Own Life'
N.Y. Daily News: 'You don't scare me, thug'
Jewish Daily Forward: 'As Bush Exits, Four High-Profile Felons Hope For Pardons'
N.Y. Post: 'YANKEE PANKY: NEW SLUGGER'S SMOOCHY COUP'
N.Y. Daily News: 'Free perking for ex-MTA official'
N.Y. Times: 'Israel Puts Media Clamp on Gaza'
Wall Street Journal: 'India Outsourcer Rocked by Fraud'
N.Y. Post: '45% FAVOR CAROLINE'
N.Y. Times: 'Cuomo Aide Is Said to Try to Slow Kennedy Bid'
Jewish Daily Forward: 'Israel's Stark Choice in Gaza: Cease-Fire or Regime Change?'
N.Y. Post: '"EX" SEX EXTORT ARREST'
N.Y. Times: 'Specter Attacks Choice for Attorney General'
N.Y. Post: 'POL BUS KILLS KID: CANDIDATE DEVASTATED'
Wall Street Journal: 'Madoff Tried to Stave Off Firm's Crash Before Arrest'
N.Y. Post: 'SEC GAL FIRES BACK'
N.Y. Post: 'NYU "BERNED" FOR $94 MILLION'
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