Apr
29
2011

NYT and the Threat of Egyptian Democracy

The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick filed a report today (4/29/11) on one apparent problem with the move towards democracy in Egypt–the country might pursue policies more in line with what the Egyptian public supports. The most important news here is that Egyptdoesn't want to maintain a blockade on its border with Gaza. In the Times,this newsis filtered through the perspective of Israel– thusthe headline:

In Shift, Egypt Warms to Iran and Hamas, Israel's Foes

And then there is this description of the crippling economic blockade that was enforced with the help of the Mubarak regime:

Israel had relied on Egypt's help to police the border with Gaza, where arms and other contraband were smuggled to Hamas through tunnels.

The blockade was about far more than that:blocking access to food, medicine and construction material necessary to rebuild what Israel destroyed in the recent war. (See Extra!, "Gaza's Ongoing Crisis Is Not News," 8/10.)

The Israeli government would likepeople to think blockading Gaza is just about weapons and tunnelscontraband; the New York Times is doing its part to helpthat effort.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.