Yesterday, in a widely released report, the Associated Press wrote that Prime Minister Tony Blair had in a speech named the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as one of the root causes of international terrorism that had to be resolved in order to make the Western world safe. Israeli officials both in Israel and Britain, under an order by the Israeli government to offer only encouragement to Britain and to refrain from drawing parallels between the attacks in Britain and terrorism against Israelis, silently fumed.
As it turns out, however, AP, in the journalistic equivalent of a Freudian slip, fabricated the part of Blair’s speech in which he supposedly drew a connection between the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and international terrorism. AP’s official statement:
“The Associated Press erroneously reported that he spoke of easing the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Blair did not specifically mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.”
What a total non-apology. Not only does it offer no clue as to why AP decided to flagrantly make up part of the speech, it doesn’t even totally back out; it says instead that he did not “specifically” mention the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (which is a way of saying that he just implied it).
We all know that the AP is eternally eager to cast aspersion upon Israel and whitewash the serious issues within the PA (ever wonder why only Israeli media prominently featured the story about Abbas inviting Hamas into the PA?), but isn’t this getting a little ridiculous? It’s one thing (and not a good that at that) to selectively choose stories that make Israel look bad and the Palestinian Authority look good, but it’s another thing entirely to actively invent stories to make Israel look bad.
Who can you trust anymore?