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Steinitz attacks Israeli media for siding with the Left

September 20, 2012 22:39

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz attacked the Israeli media for failures to report objectively, alleging that most outlets in Israel side with the Left of the political spectrum and are anti-Likud.

Israeli "media is against the Likud," he said at a closed political event that a Makor Rishon reporter secretly taped. "Most [Israeli media outlets] prefer the Left. Not all, but most."

"The media is not completely objective," he continued. "But furthermore, the media has lost its respect for one small and simple word - 'truth.'"

Steinitz specified that the media exaggerated when it reported about unprecedented price hikes and on the alleged crisis in diplomatic relations between the US and Israel.
The minister's relationship with the media is particularly salient amidst the pending downsizing of the Ma'ariv newspaper. Dov Henin (Hadash) on Thursday suggested that the paper's could retain the employment only of workers with right-wing political tendencies. "A few people will be selected, if their politics match that of the right-wing extremist who purchased the paper," he stated.

Steinitz used the media's reporting on the issue of social justice as an example of bias. "I see this in economics," he said, "[Bank of Israel Governor] Stanley Fischer told me a year ago 'the prices rose just two percent last year. How is it that the [Israeli] media of reporting about unprecedented price hikes?'"

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