JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY REQUIRES THAT CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER RESEARCH HIS SUBJECTS BEFORE WRITING HIS OPINION PIECES

In September 2010 the Washington Post and other newspapers throughout the U.S. published an article – Your Move Mr. Abbas – by syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. I found it offensive in its disregard for the Palestinian people. I sent a response to both the Post and the Albuquerque Journal. Neither newspaper published my letter.

Charles Krauthammer’s op-ed, “Your Move Mr. Abbas,” is so deficient in balanced reporting that one can only deduce that he has substituted personal prejudice for journalistic integrity. Krauthammer cites Israeli deaths at the hands of Hamas but ignores far more Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israel. He calls Hamas’s violence a “terror war,” but ignores violence by Israeli settlers and the military that have been terrorizing innocent Palestinians for years.

Apparently contemptuous of reality, Krauthammer criticizes the Palestinians for Yasser Arafat’s rejection of “Israel’s extraordinarily generous peace offer” at Camp David. Minimal research would have revealed that Israel’s chief negotiator at Camp David admitted that the concessions required of Israel for a peace treaty “fell far short of even modest Palestinian expectations.”

Krauthammer stigmatizes the Palestinians as “the obstacle” to peace because of their refusal to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” with no understanding that a Jewish state would, as is the case today, automatically deprive its Palestinian citizens of the same rights as its Jewish citizens.

By influencing his readers through deceit and prejudice rather than fact and impartiality Krauthammer himself is an obstacle to a just peace between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.

Richard Forer

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