Friday, September 13, 2019

I Was Accused of Trolling

On Wednesday, I was accused of 'trolling' which appears to be a social media platform crime, a charge usually reserved for someone doing basically the same thing you are doing but from a different political viewpoint.

I noticed that Avi Scharf, editor of the English-language edition of Haaretz, had tweeted (by the way, you can learn so much following Israeli journalists on their Twitter feeds where they shed any modicum of objectivity or even fairness and lash out at each other, sometimes sarcastically but most times viciously) a tweet that read:

"Bibi is now channeling Kahane, whose party is projected to get 4 seats in the next Knesset"

and I retweeted that and added in commentary:

"Example how Haaretz English outdoes even the Hebrew edition at times is slanting, shaping, spinning, managing the news." 

Anyone who follows the English edition of Haaretz, and I suggest you check CAMERA's site as well as it's Israeli partner, Presspectiva, if you read Hebrew, knows that my assertion is not incorrect.  For five years I was Director of Israel Media's Watch and we also did studies, thanks to IMRA's Aaron Lerner's father, Dr. Joseph Lerner, that showed a particular venomous approach to the news if it dealt with issues of a right-wing/nationalist character from the period of the late David ("rape Israel") Landau and on to his successors. 

For example, recently they slyly "misconstrued" Netanyahu's Hebrew (here), intimating he was declaring 'Arabs want to annihilate us all' when he said "the Arabs who desire to kill us all", indicating a specific group.

For measure, I added

"If the Supreme Court allowed them to run, ipso facto they are not racist nor Kahanist"

After all, if the Left holds Israel’s High Court of Justice is esteem, their decision should be respected. But it seems that is true only if the court decides according to their world-view.

Scharf then responded

"You're full of crap. this is my personal tweet - not Haaretz English/Hebrew edition. Though it's def poss Haaretz editorial will have a say as well."

Even ignoring the lashing out and invective, I would fully accept that if his Tweeter bio had included a normative alert such as "my tweets are my personal opinion" or something similar that I would be in the wrong.

Scharf followed up with a clip of Netanyahu saying what he had quoted and added

And here's your supreme leader, calling out - IN ENGLISH - against elected Arab leaders - in the only democracy in the Middle East

I rejoined, if a bit sharply:

Using "supreme" only confirms my presumption that your journalism ethics course mark was F. Or that you run an ideological gazette rather than a newspaper. Next time, answer the point I made?

After all, I pointed out something quite a factual and logical: if the Supreme Court permitted Otzma Yehudit to participate in the democratic process of elections, they are, so to say, kosher. One may not like that. One can suggest no one vote for them. In fact, he was doing exactly what he was railing against what Netanyahu was doing, that is, attacking another political party. And in sharp and strident language.

His comeback?

you're a troll. feel free to unfollow

There it was. I am a troll. No argument about the rather nonsensical logic he was employing. Or the avoiding of countering my points. A simple slapdown and off he goes. I am unworthy. Bothersome.

The standards of newspaper editors these days.



Mr. Cohen said...

Professor A.J. Caschetta said:

“[Rashid] Khalidi [of the Center for Palestine
Studies] inadvertently admits that the Palestinian
economy consists almost exclusively of handouts
from the world, especially the United States and Israel.

Cash installments to the P.A. [Palestinian Authority]
are used to pay everyone from terrorists to counter-terrorists.

Israel collects taxes for the Palestinians and supplies
most of their electricity and water. Many of the
real job opportunities for Palestinians who reside
in Judea and Samaria, [the so-called “West Bank,”]
are provided by Israeli companies.”

Encouraging Palestinians to swim uphill
by A.J. Caschetta, 2019 August 5, JNS dot org

Thane Rosenbaum [author of many
books and a Distinguished Fellow at
the NYU School of Law] said:

“In this universe of automatic virtue
bestowed upon anyone with a history
of oppression, Jews are, bizarrely,
kicked off the team, their privileges
suspended, all because of their
ostensible White privilege.”

SOURCE: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
reminds us of age-old Jewish truths

by Thane Rosenbaum, 2019 August 7


Major General (res.) Gershon HaCohen,
[who] led the IDF 36th Division that was
responsible for the disengagement [from Gaza]
[said this to Jewish News Syndicate]:

“…No one in his right mind in Israel will
now agree to a disengagement from Judea
and Samaria [also known as The West Bank]
except for a few Left-wing radicals.”

Disbanding Gush Katif a failed experiment,
says general who helped carry out evacuation

by Avrohom Shmuel Lewin, 2019 August 12

Bill Maher described the anti-Israel BDS movement as:

“a bulls**t purity test by people who
want to appear woke but actually
slept through history class.”

Bill Maher also said:

“As if the occupation came right out of
the blue, that this completely peaceful
people found themselves occupied.

Forget about the intifadas and the suicide
bombings and the rockets and how many wars.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Pushes Boycott of Bill Maher
Show after Host Calls BDS a ‘Bulls**t Purity Test’

by Benjamin Kerstein, 2019 August 18



Abdul Hameed al Ghabin
[Saudi writer and political analyst] said:

“How can we achieve peace if the Palestinian
people remain without a place to call home?
The answer is simple:

Jordan is already 78% of historical Palestine.
Jordanians of Palestinian origin constitute
more than 80% of the population according to
U.S. intelligence cables leaked in 2010. Jordan
is essentially already the Palestinian Arab state.

The only problem is, the King of Jordan
refuses to acknowledge this.”

A new Saudi perspective for peace
by Abdul Hameed al Ghabin, 2019/8/21

Mr. Cohen said...

Caroline Glick said:

“The [New York] Times’ willingness to disseminate
pro-Hezbollah propaganda may have represented
a new low in its advocacy for terror groups.

But arguably, the [New York] Times’ decision
to champion the most powerful non-state actor
in the world — with one of the world’s largest
missile arsenals, all pointing at Israel —
is not the worst aspect of its coverage.”

“What may be worse is the [New York] Times’
campaign to effectively disenfranchise American Jews.

The paper undertakes this campaign by using
its pages to legitimize anti-Semitism emanating
from the Left, delegitimize friends of Jews
on the political Right, and shame American Jews
who stubbornly refuse to abandon Israel,
or turn their back on Israel’s friends.

These American Jews also impertinently notice
the galloping Jew hatred on the political Left.”

“This move by the [New York] Times is more
dangerous because it is more difficult to criticize.
It is easy to spot apologetics for terrorism.
It is harder, and more controversial, to call
the [New York] Times out for manipulating
American Jews in the service of Left-wing anti-Semites.”

SOURCE: The New York Times’ war
against Israel and the Jews who support it
Caroline Glick, 01/13/2019

Mr. Cohen said...

Matthew Continetti [editor-in-chief of
The Washington Free Beacon] said:

“Throw a dart, and it will land on
a publication or media company whose
feelings toward Israel are,
in a word, bellicose.

The Independent, the Guardian, the Economist, the BBC, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Vox, NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, the Lancet — they all portray Israel as rapacious and the Palestinians as helpless victims of Jewish sadism.

Their fixation on Israel becomes a fixation on Jews that creates a noxious climate of opinion, breeding conspiracy theories, accusations of dual loyalties, intimidation, even violence.”

Where Do New York Times Editors Think
Anti-Semitism Comes From? The Sky?
, 2014 Nov 3

Mr. Cohen said...

Jonathan S. Tobin
[editor in chief of JNS dot org] said:

“When a newspaper like the [New York] Times focuses attention on the indiscreet tweets of others, they call it journalism.

However, when someone else uses the same methods against the press, including revelations about anti-Semitic comments, the [New York] Times thinks it’s unfair.”

SOURCE: Insect analogies and making journalists
by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019 August 28

Yoel Ben-Avraham said...

I think what he suffers from is called Cognitive Dissidence?

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