Tweets Of The Day

Here’s one from the AP at 6 am, July 29:

Five hours later:

Jay Rosen sighs:

The original header produced the news well enough but it failed to produce enough innocence for the AP. “Many U.S. lawmakers strongly back Israel…” is not more true than “they fall over themselves.” But it is more innocent. When the switch is made the AP feed suffers a loss of vivid. Its colors wilt. There is less voice, less urgency in the language. And the AP willingly pays this cost.

And the contrast between the entire world, including the US public, and the Congress is indeed a startling one. There are countless debates going on about the Gaza war in America and around the world – on the web, across dinner tables, in schools and colleges, on vacations, in offices and even on Fox News. Everywhere, in fact, but in one place: the Congress, where, in a polity divided bitterly down the middle on almost everything, there is unanimity that Israel can never do any wrong, and that the US must support Israel under every conceivable circumstance. They cannot manage to extend unemployment benefits, they cannot pass basic infrastructure spending, they cannot deal with a refugee crisis on the border, but by unanimous consent, they agree to increase funding for Israel’s Iron Dome. They seem far more solicitous of the needs of a foreign country than of their own. And when the greatest deliberative body on the face of the earth is less open to debate than the world’s top boy band, something is wrong with our democracy.

Pointing this out is not bias; it’s essential. It’s essential because it reveals a deep rot in our deeply unrepresentative government, distorted in this as in many other instances, by the toxic, undemocratic influence of a moneyed lobby.