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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Strange Definitions Watch
Topic: NewsBusters

A July 17 NewsBusters post (and TimesWatch item) by Clay Waters asserted that an New York Times article on Hamas is a "whitewash" done by a reporter with a history of "pro-Palestinian reporting."

But Waters' excerpts from the Times article includes the following descriptions of Hamas:

  • "classified as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union," though Waters insisted that this somehow meant that the reporter "failed to designate Hamas as a terrorist group."
  • "fighting infidels, with a holy sanction to kill."
  • Having an "effective strategy of military confrontation and terrorism." Waters added: "And notice which trait of Hamas was emphasized last."

Waters appears to have a strange definition of "whitewash."

UPDATE: Waters completes the contradiction of himself in the TimesWatch version, conceding that the article "made clear the thuggery of Hamas." Still, he insisted that it "doesn't shine the focus brightly on the terrorism that is Hamas' reason for existence."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:29 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:59 PM EDT

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