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Agence France-Presse Taken To Task: The Difference Between Genocide and Invective

by Mike Fegelman

HonestReporting Canada has recently taken Associated Press and La Presse Canadienne to task for its moral equivalence.

Now Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security and foreign policy, examines the curious moral equivalence that permeated a recent AFP report. 

Iranian president Ahmadinijad referred to Israel as “a cancerous tumor” that, he threatened, will “soon be excised.” And in which in “ the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists.”

May notes AFP’s article goes on to morally equivocate by stating that: “Israel has been employing its own invective against Iran and its leaders, invoking the image of Hitler and the Nazis on the eve of the Second World War and accusing Tehran of being bent on Israeli genocide.”

What would prompt AFP to morally equate Iran’s call to genocide and Israel’s characterization of this call to genocide?

May offers some answers in his constructive analysis, in the National Post.
 

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