Thursday, April 13, 2006

Getting in Backward at The Forward

One Vita Bekker published a story on the Kfar Chabad vote for Baruch Merzel ("Kahane Activist Wins A Big Vote") in the April 7 edition of The Forward.

It is a bit puzzling that the story ran as it did - big vote?! - (well, not really, but bear with me).

As she herself notes there, Merzel's support dropped from 73% in the last Knesset elections to about 30% last month.

In other words, the real journalistic theme was that he lost big among his potentially most enthusaistic advocates.

Why was this fact misreported?

Was she or her editor trying to fool the readers or just plain malign Chabad?

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