Monday, September 18, 2006

Tracy Wilkinson Slanders Oriana Fallaci In Obit

For a long time now, L.A. Times reporter Tracy Wilkinson has proved herself an Arab sympathizer. I think it's time she's moved to a post where she can't do more harm than she has done already.

The latest example of bias is Wilkinson's obituary in Saturday's paper on the courageous Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, For Wilkinson to use pejorative terms as she did in this article is improper, and the editors should not have allowed her to get away with it.

After the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, Fallaci began to write more and more frankly about Arab terrorism and the steady infiltration into Europe of Muslim immigrants opposed to assimilation and understanding, and devoted to the kind of violence deplored by the Pope in his recent speech. The Pope, trying to dampen violence which has already resulted in the murder of a nun in Somalia and the burning of churches in Gaza and the West Bank, unwisely, in my view, has backed down from his honest remarks, but it should be remembered that he had the courage to tell the truth in the first place. The violent reaction against him only goes to show he was right.

Wilkinson, meanwhile, calls Fallaci bigoted in her obituary and says her articles were "derogatory, ugly, distasteful."

Shame on Wilkinson. It reminds me of her anti-Israel coverage when she was a Times correspondent in the Middle East, and since she has moved to Rome, she has lost few opportunities to build on her bad record.

Fallaci as a young person resisted the fascists and the Nazis. Now, fundamentalist Islam has taken up the Nazi banner and is, daily, committing grossly offensive actions against civilization.

The United States is at war with these people, and Wilkinson, unfortunately, often seems to be taking the other side. American papers who love liberty should erase the opportunities these fellow travelers like Wilkinson have to denigrate the United States of America and those who have supported it, like Fallaci.

Bigot, by the way, is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as "a narrow-minded person." By this standard, Wilkinson is more of a bigot than Fallaci, because Fallaci was trying to defend Western values, and Wilkinson continually insults them.



Blogger MikeZ said...

I've just started to read Fallaci - I've been following her in the news off and on for years. I have "Rage and Pride". Fallaci was brave and outspoken. She defines courage.

Even though Wilkinson is a bureau chief, I have to wonder why the Times assigned her the Fallaci obit. Wilkinson tends to lean toward the Arabs on any issue. CAMERA takes her to task in a July 2002 piece.

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Blogger Curt Evan said...

Your "collective" bashing of Tracy Wilkinson is distasteful. As a reporter, Wilkinson's stories appeal widelY to those who appreciate CareFuL research and investigation.
Ms Wilkinson writes vividly and thoughtfully.
She is no more "biased" than are those who are critical of her without legitimate cause. Wilkinson is s very good journalist. She writes with flare and with cunning, and her work is superbly crafted for a discerning literary ear.

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