"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible."
- George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
The article, by Yonatan Mendel, castigates the Israeli media for deferring to its military on all things security.
"This phenomenon, in which IDF statements are directly translated into media reports – there are no checkpoints between the army and the media – is the result both of a lack of access to information and of the unwillingness of journalists to prove the army wrong or to portray soldiers as criminals," Mendel writes.
The article is actually a bit convoluted, and Mendel recklessly breezes by complicated issues of language that undercut his thesis. But the piece is still an interesting read.
I still find it remarkable that major Israeli papers, whose Israeli reporters are barred by their government from going to Gaza, don't have solid, trusted, regular Palestinian reporters in Gaza on their staff to cover a place central to the future of both people.