The news agency AP employs a sophisticated international news strategy, ideally adapted to the needs and preferences of its local customers. In particular, the anti-Sharon, anti-Bush bias of the German media is given full consideration.
The biased agenda of AP Germany is in full display in this headline, referring to a speech by Yassir Arafat broadcast live on Palestinian television:
Arafat Confirms Willingness to Peace (Arafat bekräftigt Friedensbereitschaft)
Compare this to the headline of AP's English version, referring to the same speech:
Even the Palestine National Authority's press center makes no attempt to identify a "willingness to peace" in Arafat's speech:
Arafat: Palestinian Right of Return a Sacred, Inalienable Right
... Arafat repeatedly called on the Palestinian people to be steadfast in their struggle against the Israeli occupation ... President Arafat said, in a speech broadcast live on Palestine television, "... It is possible to fight for this homeland and the holy places, and return to them, believing in the justice of our cause.”
The word "peace" doesn't appear once in the release of the Palestine National Authority.
To think that AP Germany's customers even have to pay for this kind of biased reporting...
(Hat tip Gabi)