I'm on the mailing list of Naomi Regan, an American author who lives in Israel. I greatly appreciate her critical comments about the pro-Arab, anti-Israel reporting in the Western media.
Here's another gem. Her critique aimed at the BBC would be quite appropriate for the German media as well.
The Prince, The Swastika, and the BBC
By Naomi Ragen
I was watching BBC this morning. In horrified tones, the news people reported the incident of Prince Harry choosing to wear a Nazi officer's uniform, complete with swastika armband, to a fancy dress ball. How could such a thing happen? How stupid! huffed the BBC.
Well, well. After four years of sympathetic interviews with Hamas terrorists; one-sided reports on Israeli "atrocities" like the Jenin "massacre"; widespread and unrelenting coverage of demonstrations against Israel (...), the BBC is shocked.
A new, comprehensive poll of British opinion on foreign nations was just released by The Telegraph. The results: Israel is considered by Britons the #1 'least deserving of international respect,' the 'least beautiful country,' the country Britons would 'least like to take a holiday in,' and would 'least like to live in.'
I think we should excuse the confusion of Prince Harry. He's simply been watching too many BBC programs. So spare us the hypocrisy and the crocodile tears, will you?
BTW, Thursday's terrorist attack on the Kami crossing on the Israel-Gaza border gets the usual "cycle of violence" treatment in the German media (1, 2, 3). Abbas is even called a "moderate pragmatist". That leaves Sharon as the only villain in the conflict, at least for the German media.