Author Archives: Pesach Benson

SPJ Members Give Helen Thomas Award a Thumbs Down

Divided members of the Society of Professional Journalists ultimately gave a thumbs down to a journalism award named after Helen Thomas. Members meeting at the SPJ’s national convention upheld the national board’s decision to nix the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year, the board dropped the award after Thomas told Rabbi David Nesenoff that

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Fauxtography Files: Photojournalist Blows Lid on Collusion With Stone Throwers

The video: Italian photographer Ruben Salvadori blows the lid on collusion between photojournalists and Palestinian stone throwers. In this remarkably documented video, Salvadori describes how the David-and-Goliath images come about, despite the way they distort reality of the clashes they cover. Photojournalism Behind the Scenes [ITA-ENG subs] from Ruben Salvadori on Vimeo. The significance: It

Tuesday Morning Media Mix – 9/27/11

What to read before your work day begins? • Abbas Strikes Out — Despite the accolades, Mahmoud Abbas is having a tougher month than the Red Sox. • Is the ‘Palestine question’ still Palestinian? — One disgruntled Palestinian supporter sees right through the “Palestine Spring.” • East Jerusalem Palestinians Say UN Move Would Hurt Them;

Abbas and Palestine Spring Are an Oxymoron

Brendan O’Neill doesn’t agree with the Palestine Spring Mahmoud Abbas has declared as part of his statehood push. After seeing headlines like AP‘s, I tweeted a similar reaction yesterday. But it’s more telling when the sentiment is made by a self-described Palestinian supporter like O’Neill. He writes at Australia’s ABC News: Two phenomena seem to be fuelling Abbas’s

EJC to Reuters: Fire the Journo Who Sent Pro-Palestinian Email

The European Jewish Congress was recently roiled by a message allegedly from the Reuters email address of Svebor Kranjc, a Dutch camerman and picture editor, supporting the Palestinian statehood bid. According to the Jerusalem Post, the email — which was responding to an EJC press release against the unilateral Palestinian statehood push — said: “I

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BBC Cool With Abbas Rejection of Peace

When Israel opposes some diplomatic initiative, it never fails: headlines label Israel as rejectionist, obstructionist, moving the goal posts, etc. So when Mahmoud Abbas rejected international diplomacy in his UN speech, what was the BBC’s headline? Contrast that with AP: So which headline’s more accurate? We put together word clouds of the Abbas and Netanyahu speeches

The Drift of Clinton’s Blame Game

UPDATE Sept. 24, 10:40 pm: Bibi responded to Bubba in an interview with ABC’s David Muir. And Ed Morrissey comments: If [the Palestinians] want the deal Arafat rejected, then come back to the table and propose it. Elliott Abrams raises another point: Clinton also failed to note what Israel has done under Netanyahu to help

Unspinning Today’s Media

• Prof. Saree Makdisi opposes the statehood bid. After echoing Guy Goodwin-Gill’s concerns, Makdisi attacks the Palestinian leadership’s mandate: These worries are not unfounded if one considers the Palestinian politicians preparing the statehood bid: the venal clique surrounding Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority “president” whose term expired almost three years ago. Abbas and his circle

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