Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Forty years on

Here's a measure of how much American journalism has changed in 40 years: read Time magazine's account of the Six-Day War, whose 40th anniversary is this week, published shortly after the war.

As Charles Johnson puts it,
Reading TIME magazine’s account of the Six Day War, written in June 1967 shortly after it finished, is an amazing experience. The absence of cynicism and bias in this piece is a very marked contrast to the TIME magazine of today, and is a stark illustration of how deeply this magazine has gone wrong .... And notice: not once are the Arabs who lived in the area referred to as “Palestinians.”
Or you might say: how deeply an entire generation and whole intellectual establishment have gone wrong. One more measure of their bankruptcy.

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