The promotion of Carter’s book “Peace Not Apartheid” was generous by the mainstream media. But any real critique and analysis was non-existent. So? That’s par for the course for a former Democrat city council member, let alone a liberal president.
But this treatment of controversial Carter didn’t pass the smell test of Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers who have been stopping their subscriptions and writing letters to the editor.
Now the paper’s ombudsman agrees with readers, that there was no critical analysis of their favorite son’s book.
“The controversy surrounding former President Jimmy Carter’s book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the story that won’t go away. And frankly, this newspaper was slow to cover the book and the firestorm it created.
Some readers I’ve talked to believe this was a deliberate attempt by the newspaper to shield Carter, who has often been a polarizing figure in his home state and beyond.”
The former Democrat president is trying to backtrack on his statement on page 213, Peace Not Apartheid, was actually just an error. He will not debate critics.
“It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.”
(Carter continues to say there was a misplaced word, a mistake that will be fixed in future editions).
Which word is it?