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Argentinian soccer team boycotts Israel -- and 'NY Times' whitewash fails to quote a single player | Mondoweiss |

The New York Times  faced a dilemma. How to downplay this stinging defeat for Israel in world opinion? The Times  has a correspondent in Buenos Aires, Daniel Politi, and here's what he did [NYT] in today's sports pages; he did not quote Higuaín or any other player for Argentina. Instead, he spent 22 paragraphs partly peddling an alternate conspiracy theory: that Argentina canceled not for political reasons, but because the team feared "violence" from Palestinians. (Some pro-Palestinian activists had been waving bloody shirts at a peaceful demonstration in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is fine-tuning before Russia.) .

The article at least pointed out that Israel's sports minister, the notorious Miri Regev, had moved the scheduled match from Haifa to Jerusalem, a propaganda ploy meant to imply a stronger endorsement of Israel.

Israel searches for scapegoat after Argentina match called off
'The Israeli military said,' the New York Times reports

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 05:46:25 AM EST
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