The most widely read paper in Israel believes that Romney basically told the truth about the ’47 percent.’
Except for the radical fringe of the Republican Party, there is almost an absolute consensus that Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remark was stupid and damaging to his candidacy. A story on Politico yesterday quoted the many attacks on Romney from leading right-wing columnists, among them Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Warren, David Frum and more.
Yet in Israel, Sheldon Adelson’s paper, Israel Hayom, chose to put a different spin to the affair. Quoting an interview by Ann Coulter to Newsmax, a headline at the top of the page declares that “Romney is completely right.” Half of the story is dedicated to the Coulter interview, alongside quotes from Romney’s recent op-ed in USA Today. The only different view is presented by a couple of short sentences from Obama’s interview to talk show host David Letterman, buried deep in the text. The subheadline sums it all up: “Pundits believe that the current affair will help Romney.”
The paper also ran an editorial by top analyst Dror Eydar regarding the GOP nominee’s remarks on the Palestinian issue. Eydar writes: “What did Romney say? The truth.” A few months ago it was revealed by Channel 10 that while serving as a reporter and pundit of Israel Hayom, Eydar was also on the payroll of the Prime Minister Office, directly employed under Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Eydar later confirmed the report, stating that he has no problem working with people he writes about.
This would be funny if Israel Hayom, which is distributed for free at considerable losses, weren’t the most widely read daily in Israel, and the only paper through which many Israelis get their news.