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Re: “Berkeley Daily Planet to Cease Print Publication

EBCJR's delicate parsing of their attempt to influence advertisers in the Daily Planet is in ironic counterpoint to their inability to distinguish hate speech, and anti-semitic comments, from legitimate debate over Israeli policy and it's treatment of the Palestinian population in Israel. Discussion and criticism over these policies and practices is no more anti-Israel, than is criticism of America's role in the Iraq war de facto anti-America. If The Daily Planet's editorializing and publication of letters critical of Israel's government were simply and plainly anti-semitic, why then would so many East bay Jews rally in support of the Planet, to the extent of taking out full-page advertisements expressing that support? Free speech is not always pleasant, not always well received, and of course not immune to criticism. It is, however, at the very heart of democracy, and the Daily Planet's honoring of that right is as admirable as it is sadly far too uncommon in jouralism and elsewhere.

Posted by BobF on 02/12/2010 at 12:44 PM

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