Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Reporters Strip Searched Again: Journos to Boycott Bibi?

The Foreign Press Association is rightly upset that three female reporters were strip searched by the Prime Minister’s security detail last week before a briefing by deputy prime minister Moshe Yaalon. AFP’s Sara Hussein described the experience as humiliating and also posted tweets one and two as well. Reporters already go through security checks before getting press

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It’s the Arms Smuggling, Stupid

The Guardian’s Harriet Sherwood had an exciting time with Gaza fishermen who regularly encounter the Israeli navy enforcing a three-mile limit.   Although The Guardian’s been-there done-that, you wouldn’t know it from any of her 46 tweets that Israel’s doing this because of Hamas weapons smuggling. They openly brag that they’re smuggling Grad missiles and

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Mossad Kiwi Leaks and Conspiracy Theories

Amazing how a stupid media rumor sparks a flurry of queries and denials. Case in point: New Zealand, where — allegedly — Mossad spooks hacked the national police computer system, only to die in February’s Christchurch earthquake. Amir Mizroch demolishes the Southland Times‘ allegations. Prime Minister John Key denies the spies, which, of course, further fuels kooky

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

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