This Haaretz story takes the prize for ding-battiest pro-Israel wingnut project of the week, month and perhaps year. Let’s say you’re a pro-Israel blogger and you’ve really got a bee under your bonnet over alleged media bias against your favorite country. What do you do? Do you create a blog to defend Israel which rebuts the bias? Do you write letters to the editor pointing up Israel’s good points? Well, those choices seemed too obvious for a group I’m calling the Bad News Bears bloggers. They hail from various countries but all share anger over their native country’s media distortions defaming Israel.
They are wreaking vengeance against Israel’s enemies by blogging about the worst, most scandalous news about their home countries. I kid you not. Hate those baddies at the Guardian? Tell the world about England’s violent drunk teens. L.A. Times got you down dissing Israel? Tell the world about the latest drive by killing. The idea seems to be if you want to smear Israel I’ll smear you back. If this isn’t the most lame-brained idea I’ve heard in ages I don’t know what is. Instead of damaging the reputations of the countries portrayed, it damages the reputation of Israel that its defenders behave in such a fashion. If you wanted to think of the wackiest pro-Israel propaganda venture could you have thought of this one in a million years??
But one of the oddest things about this is that one of the blogs actually claims 300 visits a day. Can you imagine who would visit such a site? If you revel in pestilence, plague, and devastation, then I guess these sites are for you.
Further, this notion was dreamed up by a Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, who calls himself a “media analyst” and taught a “seminar” which launched the project. With ‘friends’ like Herr Doktor Gerstenfeld Israel needs no enemies.