Every morning the San Francisco Chronicle seems to get thinner. I'll miss it if (when?) the collapse of daily print newspaper business model brings it down.
What other regional US newspaper would run this frontpage headline on a Sunday morning?
The article by Michael Kalman filing from Jerusalem isn't bad either.
The rest of the article quotes various Israeli politicians, academics, and military men trying to figure out what an end game might look like.
It doesn't mention the possibility that the Gaza assault is a product of Israeli politicians jockeying for advantage in the elections called for February 10.
Nor does it mention the central fact of an offensive on one of the most urbanized, crowded places on earth: huge numbers of non-belligerent people are going to lose their homes, their communities and their lives as Israel blows up parts of its open air prison for uppity Palestinians.
Elsewhere, the paper does report via AP
That is, our rulers are supporting and protecting the slaughter.
The Chronicle is not perfect, but it is to some extent breaking the rules that make the US mainstream media mindless mouthpieces for our government and its Israeli buddies. They sometimes did the same in reference to Afghanistan and Iraq, sending their own reporters to the war zones who didn't just repeat the platitudes that too often came from embedded reporters.
I suspect this relatively high quality journalism is in part a response to the relatively well-informed Northern California public who have moved beyond the official story of poor threatened Israel up against those nasty brown Ayrabs.
As I said, I'll miss the Chron if/when it goes down.