West Bank Shooting Reveals WaPo Bias

Both the Washington Post and the New York Times reported in their Jan. 16 editions the fatal shooting of a Palestinian youth by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Budrus. But they differed sharply about the circumstances that led to the death of Samir Awad. In the Washington Post version (''Troops kill teen near West Bank barrier" page A7), Jerusalem correspondent Joel Greenberg starts off by telling readers in his lead paragraph that "Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager near Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank." Amplifying on the circumstances, Greenberg writes in his second paragraph that "the shooting at Budrus, west of Ramallah, occurred when a group of high school students, out walking after first-semester final exams, approached the fence that runs outside the village." Seems like a peaceful scene of Palestinian youngsters taking a walk before Awad gets gunned down. Later in his article, Greenberg provides some additional details, still...(Read Full Post)