I admire Ari Shavit and maybe he is right. But I am still not sure I understand. Shavit has not explained the central fact. The media didn't make Edhud Olmert. The 800-pound gorilla here is Ariel Sharon. Ariel Sharon trusted Olmert. Ariel Sharon made him his right-hand man. Was Ariel Sharon so wrong? If Olmert had won" the Lebanon war decisively -- if Halutz had done better -- & it was only Olmert's newness at the job and political and military inexperience, which is no crime -- would Shavit be saying all this? The public trusted Sharon, & whether Sharon was right or wrong, the public & the media had good reason to trust Sharon. It is also like the landslide election of Lydon Johnson after the Kennedy Assassination. In the grief after Sharon's stroke Israelis & the media & whole society rallied around his right-hand man and appointed heir-apparent. Sharon fell shockingly too soon for Olmert to learn enough. That's all. There is less to this than meets the eye.
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