from Conservative Review:
Dear New York Times, here’s why Hezbollah is bad
The New York Times made waves on Christmas after the “paper of record” decided to publish a piece that trumpeted the supposed good deeds of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.
In the piece “Christmas in Lebanon: ‘Jesus isn’t only for the Christians,’” Times reporters Vivian Yee and Hwaida Saad paint a sympathetic picture of the U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Writing on Christmas in Lebanon, they report: “Even Hezbollah, the Shiite political movement and militia that the United States has branded a terrorist organization, has helped ring in the season.”
In previous years, it imported a Santa to Beirut’s southern suburbs to distribute gifts. On Saturday, Hezbollah representatives were on hand for the Iranian Christmas concert, an event also featuring handicrafts by Iranian artists, but the organization skipped Santa this year because of financial constraints.
These demonstrations of Christmas spirit seem intended, analysts said, to demonstrate Hezbollah’s inclusivity as a major political and military force in Lebanese society and to highlight its political alliances with Christian parties.
This won’t come as much of a surprise to those who have read the Times’ continuous glowing coverage of Hezbollah’s sponsor, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The paper’s Tehran-based reporter is essentially a stenographer for the regime. And until recently, the Times was making millions selling exclusive tours to Iran.
Putting that massive conflict of interest aside for the moment, here’s why the Times was wrong to depict Hezbollah in a friendly fashion. While it is indeed true that Hezbollah seeks to engage Christians (and Sunni Muslims) in Lebanon, the piece fails to include the necessary and critical context about Hezbollah’s tactical approach to ruling Beirut.