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CiF readers’ obsession with Israel in one simple image


James Denselow’s CiF piece on Nov. 20, “Lebanon: justice at what cost?“, pertained to the possible indictments against Hezbollah members for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minster, Rafik Hariri.

Refreshingly, Denselow, unlike so many other CiF writers, didn’t reveal an obsession with Israel – never once mentioning the Jewish state in his 769 word essay.  Indeed, anyone paying attention knows that the case against Hezbollah is extremely strong.

However, I put the reader comments, beneath the column, in a software program that creates an image with each word sized according to the frequency in which its used.  Here’s what was produced.

Apparently, CiF moderators’ efforts to prevent the comment threads from veering off-topic still aren’t very effective, to say the least.

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  1. Interesting thing to do. I
    One can only conclude that the c.if readers must be well-schooled, seeing everything through Israel coloured glasses.

  2. That’s a great idea – I wonder if I could dynamically create a clickable comment word cloud like that for blogging websites.