Tuesday, March 07, 2017

How you can't rely on Western media coverage of the Middle East

You know how deficient and unreliable Western media coverage of the Middle East is when you see a gap between what Arabs are talking about on social media and what Western media are talking about the Middle East.  I think the problem is that Western media now take their clues from Gulf media (especially the English language ones) and they also listen to what Arab correspondents of Gulf regime media are saying on social media.  Just like Arabs at DC think tanks simply produce Gulf regime propaganda, Gulf media are in a different world from where Arabs are. Yesterday, Arab social media exploded in anger and sadness about the Israeli terrorist murder of Bassel Al-A`raj.  There was none of that noise and expressions in Western and Arab Gulf media coverage of the region.  I saw a small item on the front page of Al-Quds Al-Arabi (Qatari regime).  It is for this reason in particular that ALL Western media AND government were taken aback when the Arab uprisings erupted.