[Reposted from old comment system, from Guest on Thu, 10 Sep 2009 07:52:47 0000]
It happens in Israel, too, Andrew. HaAretz, which is supposed to be the newspaper for "intelligent people" has an anti-religious slant. You can disagree with a religious point of view, but that doesn't mean that you read a blog, react to it in a "article" and that becomes "news". Two examples--the Government owned airline placed some in-flight movie offended some religious people. They "rioted", as it were, which is supposed to be arcane, though, other airlines are careful that their in-flight movies do not offend the travelers. Israel's airline is supposed to be more "liberal", and the editor of the Talkback made sure the anti-clerical side had the majority of the responses.
More recently, as you mentioned, a blog was recorded as news. What most people don't know was that the Haredim, that sector of the religious public which is stricter, regard the Internet suspiciously. That means a "Haredi blogger" is someone who breaks the concensus in his sector. Except for the Talkbackers who explained that Cyberspace is ususally where Haredi Jews in Israel "aren't", the editor made sure the screamers ran the show.
So . . . the corporate media, even in smaller countries, knows how to slant the facts, even obfuscate information so you can fabricate anything and call it "news" and by the time the facts come out, it doesn't matter.