CBC’s Sasa Petricic lies about lack of Israeli media coverage of Harper


You couldn’t find a clearer example of the CBC’s anti-Harper anti-Israeli bias than this article by their Middle-East correspondence Sasa Petricic:

But beyond Official Israel, Harper’s impact here has been minimal; his visit barely creeping onto the front page of any Israeli newspaper, especially the big Hebrew-language ones, or on radio or TV. (see here)

Funny, because that’s not what other Canadian reporters are saying like CP’s Michelle McQuigge:

Articles were plentiful in Israeli media, with pundits weighing in on both the content of and rationale behind Harper’s words.

But the unique nature of Harper’s address to the Knesset caught the attention of some U.S. media outlets as well.

News articles and blog entries on prominent sites such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Economist captured the widely divergent reactions published in other parts of the world more closely connected to Harper’s words.

Israeli press was most positive about Harper’s speech, in which he accused those who blame the country for problems in the Middle East of being anti-Semitic.

The Jerusalem Posts’s extensive coverage of the well-received speech included an editorial celebrating Harper’s position. (see here)

And Sun News’ David Akin:

“Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you,” Harper told the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in a speech Monday for which he received a standing ovation.

That speech and his visit has been front page news for two days running.

The letters to the editor praising Harper were nothing like he’s likely ever seen in Canada.

The Jerusalem Post published a letter from Mattias Rotenberg: “What a breath of fresh air! What an example to the world! What a man of principle! What wisdom!” (see here)


CBC’s top Middle-East report caught flat-out lying but would anyone like to bet he’ll be fired let alone even reprimanded?

Update: I have now filed a complaint with the CBC Ombudsman

CBC’s Middle East correspondent Sasa Petricic description of the Israeli media coverage on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Israel trip completely contradicts other reporters’ such as:

 Canadian Press’ Michelle McQuigge http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/national/Harpers+speech+Israeli+Knesset+garners+international/9413770/story.html

Sun News’ David Akin http://www.torontosun.com/2014/01/21/pm-stephen-harper-cheered-at-western-wall

I would like an explanation on how Sasa Petricic came to his conclusions when even a rudimentary Google search of Israeli newspapers proves his assertions to be categorically false.

I await your response.

Update: At least one other complaint has been filed against Petricic. Posted with permission (personal info removed):

CBC reporter Sasa Petricic’s January 22 blog post entitled “Stephen Harper’s visit garners scant coverage or praise from Israeli media” contains information that is misleading and wholly fabricated. The blog post in question can be found here: 


While the writer asserts Harper’s visit garnered “scant coverage or praise” the opposite is in fact true. Harper was on the front page of the Jerusalem post, the largest English daily in Israel, three days in a row. This is evidenced by the following pictures: 

January 20: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeZf1o8CYAA0XDw.jpg
January 21: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BefIC4-CcAInulX.jpg
January 22: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bej32qxCYAAXeux.jpg

Harper was also the subject of the main editorial in the Jerusalem Post on January 19 and featured heavily in the Jersusalem Post letters section on both January 21 and January 23. This is all verifiable on the Jerusalem Post’s website. 

Petricic’s assertions are simply false, and the fact that he included only negative editorial opinions of Harper from Israeli news sources speaks to a stark personal bias in his article. In truth, the positive reception of Harper in Israel outweigh the negative opinions tenfold. 

CBC journalists should be held to a standard where misleading and lying to Canadians should be out of the question. It was disappointing to see Petricic’s article to say the least.

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