Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Tour of Beirut, covered by Ben Hubbard

I can never understand the interest and journalistic preferences of Western correspondents in the Middle East.  But take a look at this one: I don't understand why a tour which attracts no more than 20 people warrants a story of all the developments in Lebanon.  Who knows. The political orientation of the guide is certainly relevant.  But look at this in talking about the Holiday Inn: " Yasir Arafat, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, moved in for a while but was later pushed out".  Never ever did Arafat stay at the Holiday Inn.  He never was there.  If the guide said it, he was lying and the correspondent should have verified it.