Icker-Tee’s penis envy

Pix: Visualisation map of Guardian’s news coverage. — credit Benjamin D. Hennig (University of Sheffield)

The map above visualizes in graphic form the number of news items carried by British paper The Guardian according to country geography.

If you’ll compare the map (of how often any particular country has been mentioned in the paper’s major news stories) with an actual map of the world, you can see that Guardian under-reported Latin America, Australia and China.

However, Guardian is overly obsessed with Israel, as the visualization map shows.

Guardian‘s obsession with Israel is dua kali lima with the Israel-obsession of the world’s Top 3 anti-Semite (you-know-who) and Malaysia’s ‘ultra kiasu’ obsessive compulsive columnist (who used the word five times in his latest Utusan outing).

The Guardian‘s propensity to headline its stories ‘Zionist’ would make Mahathir proud.

The paper’s stories tagged ‘Israel’ last year represented the 5th highest of any country-specific tag.

So much over-emphasis on such a little David:

Israel, it should be noted, is a nation of 7.6 million citizens, representing a little over 1/10 of 1% of the world population, situated on roughly 21,000 square meters of land, representing a bit over 1/100 of 1% of the world’s total. — CIF Watch

Israel is a mere speck of land area; for an idea of Israel’s comparative size, the graphic (left) scales Israel to Saudi Arabia.

The Jewish population of Israel is roughly that of Sabah and Sarawak combined.

So why are Malaysian Jew bashers so ultra kiasu?

“Over the past 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced eight Nobel Laureates while a mere 14 million Jews have produced 167 Nobel Laureates. Of the 1.4 billion Muslims less than 300,000 qualify as ’scientists’, and that converts to a ratio of 230 scientists per one million Muslims. … Japan has 700,000 (5,095 scientists per million Japanese).” — Dr Farrukh Saleem

Quality-wise, you wonder if a certain controversial PhD in Malaysia’s Universiti Pertahanan can pass a high school exam in Israel. Therefore it’s only understandable that Malaysians should have such an ultra skewed perspective — see this story.

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