When Slate does AIPAC's job

If you listen to Slate's Political Gabfest podcast of 19 January, in which two contributors report from Israel where they've been on a AIPAC-funded press junket, you'd think they were a PR firm for the pro-Israel lobby. While they talk a lot about Israeli concerns about Iran and other matters, one word is completely absent from their report: occupation. They also recuperate most of the AIPAC-sanctioned vocabulary about Israeli issues, and when they address the fact that their trip has been paid for by AIPAC, they say it was balanced because they got to talk to a Labor MP.

Unfortunately, while this just may be gross bias, I suspect it's something worse: lack of professional integrity and laziness.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.