Friday, May 04, 2018

New York Times and Wall Street Journal hail (alleged) Lebanese drug dealers just because they are running against Hizbullah

US media coverage of Lebanese election only sees foes of Hizbullah.  Yesterday, NYT published a fawning profile of a convicted (and jailed) drug dealer, Yahya Shamas, just because he is running against Hizbullah and presented him as the hope of change and rule of law (although he is aligned with the corrupt Hariri movement in the region), while the Wall Street Journal today presented an insignificant cleric, Abbas Jawhari, with a long sheet of drug charges (and who was recently arrested) as "influential".  For Western media, anyone running against Hizbullah must be a good person.