By Curtis Houck, Newsbusters
In their coverage of the election in Israel, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News took aim at incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night by, among other things, framing him as the candidate with a campaign pledge that “could destroy any chance” of forging peace with the Obama administration and the Palestinians, respectively.
NBC Nightly News interim anchor Lester Holt declared in the show’s first tease by fretting that “[t]he dramatic finish to a fight for power” has ended with “the last-minute threat that could destroy any chance of a peace plan.”
In NY Times, Bitter Israel Bureau Chief Slams 'Panicky' Netanyahu's 'Racist' (But Successful) Reelection
By Clay Waters, Newsbusters
Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times, is often criticized as anti-Israel and hostile in particular to conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the wake of a tighter-than-expected reelection campaign and Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress, in which he warned of the dangers of a nuclear Iran, the Times truly "doubled down" on its hostility, accusing the Prime Minister of being power-hungry and appealing to racism.
His opponents, both in Israel and the Times' news pages, have long lamented Netanyahu's refusal to negotiate with the Palestinians and to make peace with President Obama, as well as his approval of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The Times clearly smelled blood in the water as voting began in Israel.