Stop While You Are Ahead

One of the lessons most people never really learn is that it is better to stop while you are ahead…and, if you aren’t ahead, you should just stop anyway.

Well, Faisal is still at it, still trying to convince me of his credibility as a journalist in good standing. I don’t know what he is standing in, but I can assure you, it isn’t good. Here’s his latest missive.

Author: Faisal Assegaf
Comment: Dear Mrs Paula,

I am a journalist who works for Koran Tempo daily, Jakarta, Indonesia. U can see about me at English version.U can also ask about me with Amir Mizroch (editor at Jerusalem Post).

Off course I have connection with Hamas professionally. They’re my news source not more than that. I choose my blog’s name hamaslovers just to attract people.

I believe Faisal is indeed off course if he believes that you can have a professional connection with a terrorist organization and glorify them for the sake of attracting people. Of course, that doesn’t explain the things that he wrote on his site, accusing Israelis of all sorts of things; minimizing damages to Israel and the endless rocket attacks and so much more. By the way, Faisal, you might want to update your figures. You write that Israel has been hit with 6,000 rockets – in actuality, we passed the 10,000 mark several days ago.

To prove his ethical membership in the community of journalism, Faisal sent me a link to a Jakara e-paper. And there I found an opinion piece he’d written. It began by explaining that Israel was “very disappointed with the way the Indonesian media has reported the Zionist country’s aggression on Gaza.” Gee, I can’t really see a member of the Israeli government calling our action in Gaza as an aggression…that must be more of Faisal’s trying to attract people.

Faisal continues, “Under the pretext of fighting against Hamas, their war machines have killed almost 900 people, including 260 children and 100 women.”

Under the “pretext of fighting against Hamas“…Faisal, dear, I can assure you, this is no pretext. We are fighting Hamas. As for the numbers you offer, they are as questionable as the rest of your credibility. Perhaps you are trying to attract more people by inflating the numbers? Who can tell? See, that’s the problem with compromising your ethics to try so desperately to get someone to listen.

According to Faisal, Israeli Ambassador to Singapore, Ilan Ben Dov, “regards the Indonesian media as unprofessional.” You gotta admit, Faisal, the man might have a point. Let’s see, so far you have misrepresented yourself, tried to get confidential information in an underhanded way, stupidly assumed people are stupid, infringed on copyrighted material (once and I can see several other cases at a quick glance) and now admit to naming your blog using a controversial and wholly inappropriate name, in order to “attract people.”

If this is the link you sent me to try to establish your credibility, you are REALLY going to have to try so much harder. What this shows is indeed what the Israeli ambassador has charged. Much of the Indonesian press has an ingrained anti-Israel policy that is so natural, they dare to believe they still can offer some credibility in the world of journalism. Sorry, Faisal, if you are trying to convince me you are ethical, dedicating a site to glorifying a terrorist organization in order to “attract people” just doesn’t cut it.

By the way, do you have copyright permission to include the latest picture of the Israeli soldier you put up to replace the one of my son I demanded you remove?

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