Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Fauxtography’s Alive and Well

Fauxtography’s Alive and Well

Fauxtography’s alive and well in the UK.  Recently, the BBC was ordered to issue an on-air apology when it failed to authenticate footage from a Bangalore sweat shop in one edition of Panorama. Following that and Johann Hari’s apology for taking liberties with certain quotes, one commentary lays out on how easy it is for journalists —

The Guardian: Still Spinning the Flotilla

The flotilla movement never made it a secret that its second convoy was a political stunt to embarrass Israel. Pretentions of delivering humanitarian aid were always secondary. And yet The Guardian implies otherwise: Although some vowed to continue with their quest, no new date has been set for departure of the flotilla, which was supposed

Dutch Internet Activism’s Rising Tide Against Flotilla

A big dank je wel to Holland’s blundering flotilla movement and the intrepid Internet activists who exposed shady leftist-Islamic alliances. Israel now rides an unexpected wave of Dutch public support. Yochanan Visser explains: Many articles — often with Dutch Internet media taking the lead — exposed alliances between Dutch far leftists and local Islamists who, together with

A Bash-Israel Media Circus on the Fly

With their sea flotilla so far proving to be a sinking disappointment, Palestinian activists are moving ahead with plans to converge on Ben Gurion Airport to create a media circus. Dr. Paul Larudee explains the modus operendi: On July 8, activists and Palestinian refugees holding foreign passports will converge on Israel’s international airport from countries whose citizens don’t need

Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• These Greek naval commandos who stopped the Audacity of Hope from illegally leaving port didn’t hold anything resembling paintball guns. • If you read between the lines, this PA spokesman says Abbas is clueless. Abbas’s preference is for negotiations. Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib told The Irish Times that he is committed to the September UN appeal but is

4 Hezbollah Figures Indicted for Hariri Assassination

Four Hezbollah figures are accused of assassinating Rafik Hariri as the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued its indictments. The Gulf News writes: While the names of the accused were not disclosed by Mirza or any other Lebanese officials, media quoted ‘reliable’ sources in the prosecutor’s office as saying the four are security and military members of

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You to Know About Writing Letters to the Editor (Part 1)

Before you start writing, read the article. All of it. If you already read the full articles before responding, you can skip the rest of this post. But if you think you can cut corners and still help Israel, think again. When you don’t read what you’re responding to, editors notice you’re butchering the facts worse than

Dutch Reporters Abandon Ship Over Flotilla’s Own Press Restrictions

Disgusted by flotillista media restrictions, naivete, and deceit, Eric Beauchemin of Radio Netherlands (and two other Dutch journalists) abandoned ship rather than sail to Gaza. But I have worked as a journalist for the past 25 years, and never have I experienced such a closed organisation . . . Yesterday morning I had a final