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I complained recently that liberal media outlets, including those in the blogosphere, tend to be almost as narrow-minded in analyzing the Middle East (read: uncritically pro-Israeli) as the mainstream media. In response, blogger Richard Silverstein (no relation) wrote to tell me that I’m being somewhat unfair and that there are plenty of places to look for a more balanced approach to Middle East coverage. He cited the work of writers like Matthew Yglesias (with whom I had noted a small disagreement in my original post), Ezra Klein and Glenn Greenwald. (All good names, to which I would add others such as Laura Rozen and Justin Elliott.)
So I stand corrected, at least in part. Because despite these important exceptions, I still think the general consensus on the Middle East at some of the big liberal blogs–especially those close to the Democratic Party–is hard to distinguish from the general consensus found elsewhere in the mainstream media.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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