Author Archives: Pesach Benson

If This is Syria’s Best Fauxtography, Assad is Doomed

Egad. As if Bashar Assad doesn’t have enough P.R. headaches right now. Sana, Syria’s state-run news service, published this bizarre handout fauxtograph of Assad swearing in the new governor of Hama. Sana has a high resolution image (via The Atlantic Wire) you can check out more closely. Washington Post photo editors commented that Assad’s right

The Guardian Politicizes Mideast Peas

Food for thought: Falafel, those deep-fried chick peas served up with pita, tehina, and veggies at restaurants across the Mideast is not an Israeli creation. So why is The Guardian‘s Harriet Sherwood starting a food fight when McDonalds in Israel decided to drop “McFalafel” from its menu? Falafel is thought to have originated in Egypt, although Israel now

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Fauxtography’s Alive and Well, Part 2

Since blogging Martin Bell’s take on UK fauxtography last week, the issue has popped up in the US too. Two recent examples: First, we have CBS is being raked over the coals — deservedly so — for digitally altering footage of July 4th fireworks in Boston. The show’s producer, a Boston area businessman insisted to the Boston Globe that

Facebook, AP, and the Seeds of Another Zionist Media Conspiracy Rumor

A few days ago, I didn’t give this AP lead sentence a second thought: Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe . . . But someone clearly did. Check out this AP clarification: In a story July 8, The Associated Press reported that Israel’s

This Is Non-Violence?

Although the air flotilla bills itself as non-violent, AP reports otherwise: Others who managed to get through Israeli border controls traveled to the West Bank where some joined a demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier. Associated Press Television footage showed some foreign activists, along with Palestinians, cutting through the barrier’s barbed wire fence with clippers. Another protester

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You to Know About Writing Letters to the Editor (Part 2)

Sign your name. Your real name.  And include your contact info (more on that point to come). Published letters are on the record, so they carry more weight. When you write a letter, you are the newspaper’s source of info and/or commentary. So papers make a point of verifying letters to the editor before publishing

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