Muslims For Nader/Camejo

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Action Alert Palestine/Israel

Ralph Nader's letter to the president of the ADL - outlining his position was met with hostility, particularly this Washington Post editorial

Please respond to this editorial by sending letters to

letters@washpost.com

Here is a letter sent by the Nader/Camejo campaigen
manager:

Mr. Wittes:
c: Fred Hiatt
Michael Getler

As you know, you misled readers by not fully quoting Ralph Nader in your editorial today in order to make your faulty comparison with a racist group possible. Below is the email I sent you with the full quotation, indeed the full speech. In your editorial you left out the punch line in order to make your faulty analogy work.

Your editorial said:

"The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced. The Washington Puppet Show should be replaced."

However, as you are well aware, the quotation did not end with "replaced" and even though you failed to indicate that you cut out part of the paragraph you left out the punchline which said:

"The Washington Puppet Show should be replaced by the Washington Peace Show. And then we'll get more peace in the world, and we will reward all those taxpayer dollars and all those high energy prices that have been sacrificed because of the lack of steadfastness of our federal government under both parties to address that very resolvable conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians."

It would have at least been honest and more in context to end by including "The Washington Puppet Show should be replaced by the Washington Peace Show. . . ." But, indeed, the next sentence more fully explained Nader's position.

Therefore I am requesting an editorial correction AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that this false description of Mr. Nader's position does not spread any more than it already has. The editorial correction should state that Mr. Nader's quotation was cut in mid-paragraph without indication of it being cut.

The correct, full quotation is:

"The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced. The Washington Puppet Show should be replaced by the Washington Peace Show. And then we'll get more peace in the world, and we will reward all
those taxpayer dollars and all those high energy prices that have been sacrificed because of the lack of steadfastness of our federal government under both parties to address that very resolvable conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians."

Further, your editorial was unfair, to take a phrase out of context in order to compare Mr. Nader to a despised group. No doubt, I could take a phrase out of a pro-war editorial of the Post and compare it to a statement of Hitler -- but that would not be fair or ethical, neither was your editorial.

Finally, I found the adjective "breezy" to be a strange and inaccurate description of a three page single-spaced letter with ten pages of attachments (among them the Israeli Military
Refuseniks and a statement of over 400 Rabbiis) that Mr. Nader sent to Mr. Foxman -thorough,
all-encompassing, serious, inquisitive -- are all more accurate -- breezy?

Kevin Zeese