The AP: Spinning even the Holocaust

The AP does it again. There simply is not a single thing that the AP can’t spin against Israel, especially when it comes to Netanyahu. Compare these two leads. First, the article that I presume was the original AP release:

In a defiant speech from the place that symbolizes the suffering of Jews during World War II, Israel’s prime minister warned on Thursday that the Jewish state will do everything to prevent another Holocaust and to defend itself against any threat.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke during the inauguration of a new pavilion at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz that is to educate visitors about the Holocaust and the Nazis’ quest to exterminate Jews. Auschwitz, with adjacent Birkenau, was the most notorious in a system of death camps that Nazi Germany built and operated in occupied Poland.

Now the update, apparently after some of the editors decided that maybe, just maybe, they could make the article even more anti-Netanyahu.

Standing in front of a former prisoner block at the infamous Auschwitz death camp, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the world Thursday of not doing enough to stop the Holocaust and said Israel can only rely on itself to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

The scathing speech marked the most dramatic point of a two-day visit to Poland, a trip that comes as Netanyahu urges the world to put forth a credible military threat against Iran and its burgeoning nuclear program.

Netanyahu has long linked the Holocaust with Iranian threats toward Israel, and has faced disapproval for doing so. In defiance of his critics, he clearly chose Auschwitz as the venue for his latest salvo because of its symbolic significance as the site of some of the worst crimes ever committed against the Jewish people.

Though he never mentioned Iran by name, he suggested that Israel faces dangers that parallel the Holocaust, when 6 million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany, using harsher language than he usually does.

How dare that Netanyahu mention the current Iranian threats against Israel in the same breath as the murder of a third of Europe’s Jewry? Why, you’d think he was the leader of the Jewish state, or something. You’d think that Iran has threatened multiple times to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, or something.

How does this crap get out there, day after day, week after week? Never mind, I know the answer to that question. The media is filled with Israel-haters, many of them working for the AP. Funny how the WaPo–and even the AFP and Reuters–managed to report on this without the anti-Bibi, anti-Israel spin. (Okay, maybe a little in the AFP piece.)

Let’s face it, the AP sucks. Too bad someone like Sheldon Adelson can’t buy it and put some real editors in charge.

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