Sunday, October 02, 2016

Western correspondents in Beirut and emotionalism and sentimentalism

When Palestinians are killed by Israel, I have over the years asked Western correspondents for their lack of outrage at Israeli crimes.  And I often receive the same answers: that they adhere to certain bogus standards of journalism where they can't express any emotionalism or sentimentalism about conflict they cover. Yet, in the last few months I have discovered that Western correspondents in Beirut are capable of plenty of emotional coverage (in their media or on twitter) provided that culprits of crimes are not aligned with the US.  So they can easily express emotional outrage at Russian and Syrian regime crimes but never at US and Gulf regime crimes.  So they have emotions, after all, albeit they are fake emotions and only employed within the confines of US foreign policy interests.