It's become the "State of Netanyahu," said Yossi Verter . "He controls the broadcast media to a great extent."
He does it directly through the Israel Broadcasting Authority. He has indirect control through commercial television and dominant right-wing publications.
They spread his lies. They propagate his message. They ignore "dark corners" he wants concealed.
Israeli electoral politics reflects America's. Horse race journalism dominates political reporting. Rhetoric substitutes for reality. Issues aren't discussed. Voters are left uninformed in the dark.
Israel's election lacked substance. Party politics, personality profiles, likely coalition partners, he said, she said, and who's ahead, who's behind reflected daily discourse.
Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu presented no party platform. Netanyahu got away with it. Major issues went unaddressed.
Trust him on faith, he urged. Israel's dominant media didn't hold his feet to the fire.
Sefi Rachlevsky headlined "A wasted vote is a vote for Bibi," saying: