Friday, March 30, 2018


FRANCE: Here’s a lesson in why straight reporting is better than politically correct reporting. On Tuesday French authorities charged two men, a Muslim neighbor and his homeless friend, in the death of Jewish Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old grandmother stabbed 11 times and burned in her apartment last Friday. On Wednesday The New York Times reported on thousands turning out for her funeral. It mentioned the suspects as a neighbor and a homeless friend, and said, “French authorities have suggested that Ms. Knoll might have been the target of a theft that escalated, for reasons that remain unclear.” Accurate details of the neighbor, well known to Knoll’s family, already had been widely reported in French and Israeli media. The NYT account downplays why French authorities are treating it as one in a string of anti-Semitic killings. Also failure to ID alleged killers makes it awkward also to report good turns: At her funeral an Israeli reporter spotted Lassana Bathily, the African-born Muslim man who hid Jewish victims inside a kosher grocery store during the 2015 Paris terror attacks. Donning a yarmulke, Bathily took a seat on the back row and later was crowded by Jews wanting to thank him. --Mindy Beltz

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