Ynet News has entered behind the scenes promotional agreement with Obama campaign
Several of our other newspapers filed articles this week accusing that Yedidot Acharanot (online english version being Ynet) had entered into a behind-the-scenes agreement with the Obama administration and citing a lot of sources. These reports focused on Obama’s collusion with Yedidot Acharanot to attempt to deter a strike on Iran (see Obama ‘Using Israeli Paper to Foil Iran Strike’ for an English version). Writing in Friday’s edition of Makor Rishon, one of Israel’s veteran journalists, Amnon Lord, paints a picture of intense U.S. meddling in internal Israeli political and security-oriented processes in an effort to prevent a successful Israeli strike on the weapon program meant to make it extinct.
Still, I was a little skeptical. That seemed something far more up Haáretz’s alley and level of “news”. On the other hand, as I noted back on August 16th, Ynet was suddenly publishing an absolute barrage of extreme-left opinion pieces and items it attempted to pass off as news but that were so left-slanted and filled with the journalist’s opinion it was clearly not a “news piece.” I wasn’t the only one who was noticing. In the talkbacks a lot of people were asking why Ynet suddenly seemed to have turned into Ha’aretz. You know, it wasn’t subtle. It wasn’t subtle at all and was a major and jarring departure from the newspaper’s norms.
But. reading Ynet’s latest election “coverage” (see link as an example)– yeah, I believe it now. Yedidot Acharanot is the most widely read of our newspapers and so clearly the Obama campaign wanted to co-opt it rather than using Ha’aretz (no one reads it here) as its mouthpiece.