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December 23 Links

> Hamas’s Charmless PR OffensiveThe Boston Globe sees right through a Hamas PR campaign first described by AP > Iran Recruiting Nuclear Scientists For Weapons ProgramFormer diplomat admits he personally recruited foreigners to achieve nuclear bomb capability and increase ballistic missile range. > Assange Promises Info on Mabhouh, Lebanon WarAlso denies rumors of Wikileaks deals

What Palestinian Public and Pundits Tell the Press

The LA Times picks up on a poll which finds that most Palestinians don't feel free to publicly criticize the Fatah and Hamas authorities they live under. According to the study, by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR): Findings also point out to a significant and continued deterioration in public perception of

MSM Still Using Casualty Figures Hamas Conceded Were Wrong

AFP picks up on the latest IDF air strike on a Gaza rocket squad. This background snippet is woefully off: The strike was one of the most deadly since Israel's 22-day war against Gaza's Hamas rulers, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, which began at the end of December 2008 and cost the lives of 1,400 Palestinians,

Palestinian Media Watch Still Gamed By YouTube

Dr Andre Oboler ( is the Director of the Community Internet Engagement Project at the Zionist Federation of Australia. He is global expert in social media and internet based antisemitism. HonestReporting asked him to bring our readers up to speed on the developing YouTube / PMW revelations. On Sunday, YouTube acted to close a channel

The Demise of Delicious and the Consolidation of Social Media

HonestReporting's social media editor, Alex Margolin, contributes occasional posts on social media issues. He oversees HonestReporting on Facebook. When social media sites began to gain traction on the Internet around 2006, it was unclear which ones would emerge as the leaders of the pack and which would be consigned to support roles in Internet culture.

Yule Drool

Going to a fence protest dressed up as Santa is guaranteed to get you photographed. Now what would it take for a picture of St. Nick protesting PA corruption or Hamas authoritarianism to hit the wires? A Palestinian man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit and holding a Palestinian flag protests behind Israeli soldiers during

Has Social Media Become Part of the Media Establishment?

HonestReporting's social media editor, Alex Margolin, contributes occasional posts on social media issues. He oversees HonestReporting on Facebook. At the end of 2009, many media prognosticators predicted that 2010 would be the year social media would finally lose its outsider status and become part of “The Media” at large. Did it happen? Well, people still

Israeli Treasury Hits Journos In Their Pockets

I wasn't aware of this, but foreign reporters in Israel get a tax-exemption for their first three years in the country. Treasury officials are likely to change that. Dominic Waghorn of Sky News makes a compelling case against changing the regulations. He points out it would cause many reporters to move their base of of

Time’s Fond Farewell For Fadlallah

It’s that time of the year when magazines wish a “fond farewell” to the VIPs and celebrities who died in 2010. Mine are primarily for Leslie Nielsen, Gary Coleman and George Steinbrenner. But the way Time magazine frames its two-paragraph obituary for Hezbollah’s Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah is off the deep end. The man’s final