GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel April 6, 2014 — As the Passover holiday fast approaches, the popular website BuzzFeed (for the few of you who don’t know, it is the site that has made “Top 10s” the primary way we read on the web) will no doubt feature a number of funny and useful Passover-themed articles. In fact, last week BuzzFeed, like any good Jewish mother, began preparing for the holiday early, publishing a list of meat-free Passover recipes.
No doubt Jews around the world will be sending these amusing articles to each other for the next few weeks. Highly-sharable entertaining articles are what BuzzFeed does best.
What BuzzFeed does not do best is politics. The website’s radically left-wing political bent is not veiled in any way. Throwing a catchy headline and a panoramic picture on an article doesn’t make the words any less aped from the White House talking points memos.
BuzzFeed’s liberal bias can be seen most clearly with regard to “reporting” on Israel. While Jews may be sending each other the “Top 5 Funny Things Your Piece of Matzah Looks Like” (no plagiarizing please), they should certainly think twice before sending their friends and family anything BuzzFeed publishes with regard to the Jewish State.
To emphasis this point, That’s Right I Said It! has decided to take a page out of BuzzFeed’s book and present “5 Times BuzzFeed Has Hated Israel in 2014” (Keep in mind that all of the articles mentioned below were featured in the year 2014 alone, despite the year being only four months old):
1. Sheera Frenkel, April 3, 2014 — “How One Man Sabotaged The Israeli–Palestinian Peace Talks”
This sickening article blames the failure of the most recent round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians on one man and one man only, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel. It couldn’t possibly be the Palestinians who caused the collapse of this most-recent charade. Never mind that they have walked away from every single peace offering ever extended to them since Israel’s creation in 1948. Forget that after three rounds of Israel releasing murderers with blood on their hands in exchange for the Palestinians agreeing to consider remaining at the negotiating table it was the PA who decided to go to the United Nations, violating the pre-talk agreements and sinking the negotiations. Perhaps it is dually irrelevant that after every such prisoner release, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threw a party in his residence where he was photographed hugging and kissing the returned butchers of innocent women and children.
Frenkel makes no mention of the Palestinians at all when discussing Barack Obama and John Kerry’s utter failure to force Israel to enter into a deal where they would give up far too much for virtually nothing in return. This pathetic omission is as transparent as it gets. Frenkel and BuzzFeed should be ashamed for publishing it.
2. Rosie Gray February 20, 2014 — “First Black Miss Israel: “I’m Not Ashamed To Say There Is Racism In Israel”
For a split second you think BuzzFeed is going to sing Israel’s praises for crowning an Ethiopian “Miss Israel” but heaven forbid they let a headline get printed that doesn’t take a cheap shot at the only Democracy in the Middle East. No mention of minorities, Christians, Jews and homosexuals being tortured and murdered in Arab countries.
3. Sheera Frenkle, April 1, 2014 — Is the U.S. The Only Party That Still Believes The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Will Succeed?
Frenkle is at it again in this piece, blaming, what else, Israel’s announcement of plans to build new homes as the reason the talks have hit a stalemate. She then goes on to excuse away the PA’s decision to turn to the UN despite being given three prisoner releases for nothing in return. Frenkle also sympathetically explains how Mahmoud Abbas felt left out of the process discussing the release of Jonathan Pollard, an issue that has nothing to do with him. It comes as no surprise Frenkle’s dateline says “Ramallah, West Bank” considering her writing is consistent with those whose life goal is to delegitimize Israel.
4. Miriam Elder and Sheera Frenkle, February 18, 2014 — “Is Shimon Peres The Only Man In Israel Who Still Believes There Will Be Peace?”
This puff peace bemoans the fact that aside from Shimon Peres, Israel has no one on the left willing to fight for peace, as well as point out that peace has eluded Israel because “Today the peace camp is often ridiculed by right-wing Israeli politicians who make up the bulk of the government coalition. Its activists are called “out of touch” and “naive” for continuing to pursue peace after decades of failed negotiations. Still no mention of Palestinian terrorism.
5. Sheera Frenkle, Februar 14, 2014 — “Israel Looks To Defend World Against Cyberattacks It Pioneered”
Israel has been lauded by nearly every person in the field for its advancements in high-tech and cybersecurity. There are hundreds upon hundreds of experts that could speak to all of the good Israeli innovation has brought about. Instead, Ms. Frenkle chooses to end her article by quoting an anonymous hacker, who states, “’I think Israel sometimes plays a bit too much with this ‘Oh, poor us’ sort of thing. Like everyone should feel bad because we are probably attacked more than any other country,” he said. “But let’s be honest here, we also probably attack more.’” Frenkle solidifies herself as a shock-journalist with little pitiful citation.
There are, in fact, four more BuzzFeed articles with anti-Israel headlines in 2014 but in the name of brevity these five will suffice. It is also important to note that a search on BuzzFeed for the term “Palestinians” will yield these same exact anti-Zionist yellow papers.
BuzzFeed should stick to the anecdotal nonsense that made it great in the first place. It only seems sensible that the website that features a “How Big Are Your Boobs” quiz and “16 Things That Anonymous Virgins Want You to Know” should stay out of the international affairs business.