March 3, 2002
Dear NPR News,
As if working for a script, Linda Gradstein (a reporter who has for
years been accepting thousands of dollars in unethical payments from
Zionist groups) included in her report for Weekend Edition Saturday
about the suicide bombing in Jerusalem all elements which I
accurately predicted the day before the bombing occurred--the report
began with a wailing siren, then sounds from the street, a graphic
description of the scene and an interview with a traumatized
eyewitness. Exactly the kind of immediate, visceral reporting that
Gradstein almost never does for Palestinians and cannot possibly do
since she rarely ventures into the occupied territories.
But luckily there is Peter Kenyon, who seems to be picking up where
Jennifer Ludden left off. His report from Balata refugee camp on
Weekend Edition Sunday was really excellent work--thank you.
It is nevertheless unfortunate that while NPR has the capability to
report from the scene of an event in West Jerusalem immediately, it
apparently takes days to get to the scene of an Israeli attack on
Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Kenyon's report, while excellent, came days after the Israeli attack
began. Similarly, it took Kenyon a full week to file a report from
Rafah refugee in Gaza when Israel demolished dozens of houses there
in early January.
What Kenyon's reports show is that NPR can do excellent reports on
the experience of Palestinians under occupation when the commitment
to do so is there. Too often, however, it has not been.