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Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on March 2, 2011

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-Read the excerpt below from the "Best of the Web" post by OpinionJournal.com's editor James Taranto (original post date 2/14/11).
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

London’s Guardian Newspaper posted the following correction under “Corrections and Clarifications,” on Feb. 12:

“A quote by Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former foreign minister, within a panel that formed part of the Palestine papers, was cut in a way that may have given a misleading impression. [The Guardian quoted Ms. Livni as saying]:

‘The Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that it is impossible, we already have the land and cannot create the state.’

To clarify, the full quote by Tzipi Livni, former foreign minister of Israel, is:

‘I understand the sentiments of the Palestinians when they see the settlements being built. The meaning from the Palestinian perspective is that Israel takes more land, that the Palestinian state will be impossible, the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that it is impossible, we already have the land and cannot create the state.’

Read the origianl post at opinionjournal.com. (scroll almost halfway down to “Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate”)

Questions

Do you think the reporter/editor who included the partial quote by Tzipi Livni purposely cropped the quote?


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