Ariel Sharon vs. Time: A personal perspective

ByROBERT SLATER
January 22, 2014 17:36

I went from reporting stories to becoming a part of the story – and I didn’t enjoy it at all.




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Ariel Sharon a week after the Yom Kippur War cease-fire.. (photo credit:Emanuel A. Winston)



It is rare for a journalist to become part of a story itself – yet I did; and I have Ariel Sharon to thank for it. Sharon’s libel suit against Time magazine turned me and my colleagues from news reporters into news items. For eight years before Sharon sued my employer, Time, for libel, I had worked as a reporter in the Jerusalem bureau, covering all sorts of stories, never landing in any controversy, and without being part of a lawsuit. But when Sharon filed his suit against Time in June 1983, I went from reporting stories to becoming a portion of the story – and I didn’t enjoy it at all.

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