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December 09, 2008



It appears that idiocracy is contagious over there.



Why won't the AP Jerusalem bureau report the facts like you do?

I mean, you guys at McClatchy are AP members, right? Could you give Gutkin, Federman, et al., some pointers on how to include facts about international law, accounts from third-parties, and so on?

Just a thought. It would be nice to see them do something other than act as mouthpiece for the IDF. I know that the bureau only remains in Jerusalem by the approval of the IDF, but my G-d, can't they at least show some conscience?

Or do all AP Mideast staffers view their job description the way Pam Hess does: as if they're supposed to protect the integrity of the state for the sake of keeping their jobs, eh, I mean sources?

Or are Gutkin, Federman, et al., hyper-zionists and settlers themselves? (Never mind: you can't answer that question honestly even if you knew the answer anyway. I understand.)

Thank you for the honest work you do; however, the AP brand is a scarlet letter on you and the other McClatchy journalists as long as the W. Jerusalem bureau remains a PR arm of the occupation.

PS: Did you know that Palestinians in Gaza are now eating wild grass to survive and burning what's left of their homes to stay warm? (Don't bother telling Gutkin: he and his IDF-approved Israeli editors won't report it anyway.)

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5338014.ece

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Checkpoint Jerusalem was written by Dion Nissenbaum, who covered the Middle East as Jerusalem bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers from 2005 to 2009.

Nissenbaum is now McClatchy's bureau chief in Kabul, covering south Asia with an emphasis on Afghanistan. See his new blog at Checkpoint Kabul.

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