Immediately following his lede, note how Reuters correspondent Jeffrey Heller deploys this technique in an effort to disparage Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and discredit in the minds of readers, anything Lieberman believes or is reported to have said:
According to Heller, Lieberman is "far-right" and obviously, that means his views are -- take your pick of ugly stereotyped allusion: extreme, radical, outrageous, hateful, vicious, fascist, racist, etc, etc, etc."I think there's room to lower expectations and get real," Lieberman, a far-right member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, told Israel Radio.
Heller doesn't label Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in any similar fashion although Abbas:
1) wrote a doctoral thesis denying the Holocaust and claiming collaboration between Zionists and the Nazis,
2) is reported to have financed the Palestinian terrorist attack and murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics,
3) has refused, as per his obligations under the RoadMap, to end incitement against Israel and Jews,
Indeed, Reuters usually refers to Abbas in its stories as a "moderate".4) has called for the continuation of armed violence against Israel until the Palestinians get everything they want.
A violation of the Reuters Handbook of Journalism and Trust Principles? You betcha.