Alan: Earlier today, "On The Media" examined "politically correct terminology" as it relates to mainstream press coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One "panelist" bemoaned the tendency on both sides to want to define "the beginning" of the conflict, going as far back as necessary to "make a convincing case." The panelist concluded: "I sometimes think every article on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be prefaced with the phrase: "In the beginning, Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ismael..." This apparent "throwaway line" cuts to the quick of this age-old conflict: Abraham was grossly unfair to Ismael while showing disproportionate favoritism to Isaac, whom -- despite being Abraham's second son -- was deemed more worthy than Ismael because he had "the right blood line" on his mother's side.
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