What do Thursday editions of Hamodia, Yated, and HaMevaser have in common you ask – the fact that the Holyland investigation which is front page news nationwide is conspicuously missing.
The reports are very calculated at best, with the three dailies not speaking of the arrest of former Mayor R’ Uri Lupoliansky and Yated makes no mention of the former senior Degel HaTorah official.
According to a Ladaat.net report, HaMevaser was cautious, fearing a story would be interpreted as revenge by R’ Meir Porush against Lupoliansky, leading to the Betar Illit staff’s decision to scrap the story.
Truth be said, the arrest of the former chareidi mayor has rocked the chareidi community to its core. HaMevaser staff did meet to discuss the matter on Wednesday, and they decided it was best to ignore the story to avoid the appearance of celebrating the downfall of a senior Degel official. Chareidi media agencies, electronic and cellular, are busying themselves monitoring gag orders, each wishing to be the first to release the names of the latest suspects taken into custody.
The weeklies however have a more determined journalistic approach, and the news was carried on Thursday. According to reliable leaks, the story will also appear in weekend editions of at least some of the three dailies, now aware they can no longer avoid the investigation, which continues to snowball and unfortunately, bring greater involvement in the chareidi community.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)