Kudos to NYT Anne Barnard: frames analysts with their evident positions; Hokayem “vociferous critic of Assad”
Anne has a good piece wrapping up mideast perspectives – in the media especially – of the emerging diplomacy over Syria.
I was most pleased that she has (I think started to) finally frame analysts with their ideological positionings. A year or two ago I criticized her for citing Emile Hokayem as a mere analyst without mentioning to the un-knowing reader where Emile is coming from. Now she writes with this tagline – a formal device which should be used for us all!:
“As the military situation continues to deteriorate, the major powers are growing increasingly nervous. Emile Hokayem, a Middle East analyst with the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a vociferous critic of Mr. Assad, said the United States was letting Russia take the lead because “they don’t want to own this.” If anything, Mr. Hokayem added, “it’s the United States that has moved closer to Russia’s position” that Mr. Assad could be part of the transitional government that is the stated goal of any negotiations.”