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.
Great PR campaign! Good luck to the “media expert” Messieur Gerstenfeld 🙂
Reminds me of the famous Chevrolet Nova media blitz in Latin America…..
It just so happens that no va means “no go” in spanish….
I expect hilarity to ensue here also.
This is a godsend to progressive bloggers – like my favorite American Jew Jon Stewart says, the material writes itself…
Actually, it’s a brilliant idea which highlights perfectly what the rest of the world is doing vis a vis Israel.
But I’m not surprised this blog is against it — if you revel in self-delusion and self-loathing, then I guess this site is for you.
Richard Silverstein says
PCM only proves that pro-Israel militants have their heads so far up their lower extremities they can’t even see daylight for what it is. You’re the one doing the loathing buddy, not me.
“Pro-Israel militant”? Gee whiz, how and when did that happen? I’m just a boy who loves Israel, but overnight, suddenly and without any warning, I’ve become…a MILITANT!!!
Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke,
You gotta understand,
It’s just my bringin’ up-ke
That gets me out of hand.
My father was so lazy
He never paid the rent
Golly Moses, that’s why I’m a militant!
Richard Silverstein says
He’s a poet & he don’t know it. Stick to whatever is yr day job. Clearly it ain’t literary saracsm or political analysis.
Kahanists & extremist settlers love Israel too. Netanyahu & Lieberman love Israel too. Their views are militant as yours seem to be. Anyone who describes me as ‘self-loathing’ has shown himself for what he is. If loving Israel means you hate yr fellow Jews you’re a militant whether you like it or not.
Martin Wisse says
The bad news project doesn’t even work if you think about it for more than five seconds, as all those “bad news from” blogs take any kind of negativity they can find, while Israel’s supposed bad treatment in the world’s press is based on the whole conflict it has with the Palestinians.