DATE: 11/11/2004 08:15:00 AM
So Much for Hope - The media is responding to the death of Yasser Arafat pretty much just as it would the death of anyone else. The Washington Post story on Arafat's death has a disgusting headline: "A Dreamer Who Forced His Cause Onto World Stage." This is true, if "forced" is defined to include the murder of innocents and the use of terrorism as a weapon against a stronger foe. My earlier bout of sensitivity about this issue is gone, and I'm glad Arafat is dead. The man showed just how thoroughly one can squander the gift of life by using his power to take it from others.
I'm not feeling particularly well this morning, so I didn't have the ability to make it through the rest of the wretched WaPo article. A man who should be denounced is being praised, given the hero treatment for the work he did on "behalf of the Palestinian people." Jonah Goldberg's response to the life and treatment of Arafat fits my thoughts exactly. Given their shameful performance during the presidential election, one would think the media would reconsider its ways. Obviously, it has not.
The same people who spent a year demonizing President Bush now lionize Yasser Arafat. Maybe we've finally found the explanation for media bias. It's not partisanship, it's a lack of discernment or basic values. Just when I thought the media couldn't possibly get worse, it proves me wrong again.