Thursday, July 28, 2005

Two Faces Have I

Thanks to the Instapundit for spotlighting this excellent blog that specializes on the German political press. The post in question spotlights the very different stances presented to the German and English audiences. As the author notes, Yasser Arafat was notorious for this tactic of throwing red meat to the Palestinians and conciliatory words to the West. Another up-and-comer is the English version of Aljazeera, which serves up a fairly innocuous brew of seldom changed opinion pieces that bear little relation to the Arabic version (how do I know this? One, I've been told so by a friend that speaks Arabic; two, just look at the pictures on the two front pages - there is very little overlap in the top stories on any given day).

The point? Well, it's a rather obvious and old one; don't take anything at face value from those you don't trust without independent verification, especially in the Internet age...

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