black propaganda

Palestinian public opinion survey (via abu-aardvark) Al-Jazeera's choice to spin the results in Haniya's favor is telling (keeping in mind that this is the website, not the TV station). The headline results strengthen the argument that the kind of harsh military approach Olmert is using in Gaza and Lebanon only strengthens the Islamist alternative. The more detailed results don't strongly undermine the argument - Haniya doesn't do poorly, and his negatives are no higher, and probably a bit lower, than before the Palestinian-Israeli fighting began. But it doesn't support the argument as strongly. And the results also don't show Abbas being undermined dramatically by the violence. At any rate, it isn't nearly as clear-cut as the Lebanese survey showing a dramatic rise in support for Hezbollah.