Friday, July 20, 2007

A Tale of Four Op-Eds: The Media's Cooperation with Hamas' PR Campaign

"The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims," proclaimed the Communist Manifesto a century and a half ago. "They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions." But this was before the age of public relations. Here is how it's done today.

Hamas leaders now write op-eds in the leading American newspapers either concealing completely or greatly distorting their group's aims. The newspapers are complicit in this process by accepting articles which either have nothing to do with the real Hamas or at least are full of demonstrable lies. While it can be argued that many op-eds contain untruths or that it is not the editors' job to make such judgments, the Hamas pieces go far beyond the other op-eds being published.

Thomas Braun, Lima, Peru




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