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The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon enlivened the U.S. media’s interest in the legacy of a man considered by many a war criminal, and by some a hero. In fact, the supposed heroism of Sharon was at the heart of CNN coverage of his death on Jan. 11.

Sharon spent the last eight years prior to his death in a coma, but apparently it was not long enough for U.S. corporate media to wake up from its own moral coma. CNN online’s coverage presented Sharon as a man of heroic stature, who was forced to make tough choices for the sake of his own people. “Throughout, he was called ‘The Bulldozer,’ a fearless leader who got things done,” wrote Alan Duke.

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