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Thursday, August 05, 2004

USA Today's Deceptive Backgrounder

The online resource distorts fundamental historical events essential to understanding the day-to-day news.

Online news sites have the unique ability to provide historical background via slide shows and multi-media links alongside news articles. Properly done, these 'backgrounders' can supply essential context to daily reports. In particular, coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with its complex history, certainly benefits from such a resource.

But USA Today's online backgrounder ? The Mideast Conflict: A look at the region's history ? contains distortions of seminal historical events.

Boker tov, it's Goebbels all over again. We absolutely cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to major American publications distorting history. You might laugh when you read,

"May 15, 1948, Jewish settlers in Palestine declare the state of Israel,"

or "June 5-10, 1967, Israel launches offensive . . . "

but this is dangerous stuff and must not be ignored. Do your homework and write to editor@usatoday.com