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July 17, 2014

Vox Wants to Sell You a Bridge That Doesn't Exist, and That's Not Even the Biggest Problem

The biggest problem is that Vox isn't trying to con you -- Vox really thinks there's a very long* bridge linking Gaza with the West Bank.

And they do so in an article titled "11 crucial facts to understand the Israel-Gaza crisis."

Why a bridge? Why would someone build such an enormous and expensive bridge over land, a form of terrain that people usually build, if anything, highways on?

How could he have possibly though this, how could this have possibly survived the first seconds of fact-checking, and how did Ezra Klein & Matt Yglesias give this the go-ahead for publishing?

How the hell could something so clearly wrong -- or "not even wrong," as the saying goes -- make its way into Point One (right up front!) of an article titled "11 crucial facts to understand the Israel-Gaza crisis"?

Meanwhile...


* And not a hundred plus miles long, as I said originally, before upping the stakes to "several hundred."

Gaza and West Bank are 30 miles apart at their closest point, Andy tells me, quietly.

Yes, I understand the irony.



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