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NPR Exec Fired In Video Sting

NPR Exec Fired In Video Sting

This story’s taking on a life of its own. After blogging the story, NPR’s CEO was ousted. See updates below. * * * I don’t meet high-powered media executives in upscale restaurants to discuss Big Things, so the snobbish anti-Semitism you’ll see in the undercover video below is something I’d only hear about. NPR fundraisers

Women’s Day 2011, Palestinian Style

Which of the following Women’s Day 2011 events is out of place? 1. Radio station KBOO celebrates the international culture of women with 24 hours of special programming. (Portland, Ore.) 2. International Women’s Day film screening about women impacted by climate change. (Melbourne, Vic.) 3. Speedmentoring: an opportunity to gain valuable insights and tips from

Will Google Street View Save Israel From Stupid BBC Surveys?

Oh joy. A BBC poll (pdf format) of the most and least popular countries groups Israel at the bottom with Pakistan, North Korea and Iran. This is from a news service obsessed with skewering Israel. Not only does Big Media’s Israel fixation lead to tar-and-feather survey results like this, it makes all utterly ignorant of the wider

3 Reasons I Like Gaddafi’s Latest Rant

You know hell’s freezing over when Gaddafi compares himself to Israel: “Even the Israelis in Gaza, when they moved into the Gaza strip, they moved in with tanks to fight such extremists. It’s the same thing here! We have small armed groups who are fighting us. We did not use force from the outset .

No Israelis Expelled Over New Passport Forgery

A team of British SAS soldiers and diplomats were caught by Libyan rebels carrying explosives and fake passports in a badly bungled first-contact mission. I’m sure the fake passports were high quality and made by a state intelligence service. But that’s only an outrage when Israel’s accused. Memo to London: Next time, bring tennis rackets.

March 3 Blogging

• Dashiell Shapiro wants Gaza returned to Egypt. But she (gulp) hinges her argument on this point: Returning Gaza to Egyptian control could allow political and cultural influence to flow north instead of south. Specifically, a Muslim Brotherhood with relatively moderate positions necessary for competing in national elections could have a constructive influence on Hamas.

Tough Times for the Arab Lobby in Washington

Lobbying firms representing autocratic Arab regimes in Washington are having a tough time. For years, they have been one of the most formidable lobbying forces in town: the elite band of former members of Congress, former diplomats and power brokers who have helped Middle Eastern nations navigate diplomatic waters here on delicate issues like arms

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