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Rania Khalek

By Mark Hand
OpEdNews
2/8/2015

If you're hoping to enjoy a long, successful career as a reporter in the U.S. mainstream media, don't follow the lead of journalist Rania Khalek. For starters, Khalek doesn't shy away from providing candid coverage of sacrosanct topics like Israel and the U.S. military.

Her refusal to kowtow to the politically correct view on Israel does not play well in U.S. newsrooms. Corporate media owners want reporters who they trust will cover foreign policy issues from a pro-government angle. Since Israel receives unanimous and unconditional support from Washington -- no matter the scale of the nation's brutality against Palestinians -- there is little doubt which side the U.S. press will support in its reporting on Israel and Palestine.

Even progressive media outlets in the U.S. are guilty of downplaying Israel's atrocities. "What I've noticed is that Palestine and how it is reported on is a good barometer for how far progressive news outlets still need to go," Khalek said in an interview. "I see a lot of apologism taking place for Israel. You still have progressive outlets like The Nation giving Israel legitimacy and credibility it doesn't deserve."

The same mentality governs how the mainstream media covers the U.S. military. As long as news reporters stick to the script that says the U.S. military is an institution that occasionally makes mistakes but whose mission is honorable, they will stay out of trouble. Don't dare go and provide a serious analysis of the motives of the war planners inside the White House and Pentagon.

"There are certain sacred ideas that we're not supposed to come out against. And one of those is that the U.S. military is good," Khalek said. "The corporate press is invested in a lot of companies that profit from militarism abroad. You'll see an ad for defense contractor Lockheed Martin and then the next segment is on whether we should invade Iraq again."

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