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Foul-Mouthed Australian Columnist Quits Over Israel Flap

Foul-Mouthed Australian Columnist Quits Over Israel Flap

After stirring up a hornet’s nest of tension with the Jewish community, editors, and executives at his parent company Fairfax Media, the Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton quit over a string of foul-mouthed replies to readers. First the background. It began when Carlton wrote Israel’s Rank and Rotten Fruit is Being Called Fascism, a

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Gaza: What Could the Press Corps Have Done Differently?

Its’ too early to tell if Operation Protective Edge is really winding down or not. Israel says it has destroyed all the terror tunnels it knows of, but the possibility of continued rocket fire looms over the Cairo truce talks. After one month of conflict, it’s fair to ask, What could the news services in

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Gaza Conflict Day 29: Terror Attacks in Jerusalem

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian driving a tractor went on a rampage in Jerusalem, running over and killing a pedestrian. The driver was shot and killed by a police officer and prisons service official on the scene. Later in the afternoon, an Israeli soldier was shot in the stomach when a Palestinian on a motorcycle opened

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Sydney Morning Herald Apologizes for Vicious Gaza Cartoon

The Sydney Morning Herald apologized for a nasty cartoon that had Australia’s Jewish community in an uproar. Cartoonist Glen Le Lievre’s Twitter explanations notwithstanding, the SMH removed the drawing, which illustrated Mike Carlton’s recent column.   The Herald deeply regretted the upset the image had caused, but felt – not least because the cartoonist lacked any

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Balance in the Eye of the Editor

Will Gore, the deputy managing editor of The Independent, weighs in on journalistic balance. It was prompted by a headline error (since corrected) and a Dave Brown cartoon (of which a formal complaint to the UK Press Complaints Commission was filed and dismissed). Gore adds, almost as a throwaway ending: There will always be those

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Gaza Conflict Day 28: Israeli Cabinet Rules Out Truce Negotiations

Today’s Top Stories 1. An IDF soldier, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, was kidnapped and declared dead by the army. during Friday’s ceasefire. The Jerusalem Post fills in details of the attack during Friday’s ceasefire that led to his demise. Goldin lived for some time in the UK, though it’s not yet clear if he has

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Gaza Conflict Day 24: UN Official Confirms Hamas Rocket Fire Around Its Facilities

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yesterday’s roundup referred to soldiers finding a booby trapped tunnel entrance inside a UNRWA health clinic near Khan Yunis. Turns out the whole building was booby trapped, and three soldiers were killed when terrorists managed to detonate the explosives from further inside the tunnel. According to the Times of Israel, the building may

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Casually Smearing Israel With a Charge of Genocide

The Israeli army has been taking all kinds of steps to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. We’re talking about leaflets telling residents to leave neighborhoods, advance phone calls warning people to get out of a building, “knocks on the roof” to scare individuals away before the airstrike hits. So how can a Daily Telegraph live blog post

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Gaza Conflict Day 23: Hamas Seeks Hezbollah Intervention

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the third time now, Palestinian rockets were found in an UNRWA school. Three is a magic number because, as a senior editor once told me, the first time something happens, you say hmmmm. The second time, maybe it’s a coincidence. But three? That’s a pattern screaming for scrutiny. Later in

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As the Twitterverse Watches AP in Horror

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: This is more serious than one tweet. Andrew Beaujon reports that AP’s reviewing its twitter procedures over another bungled tweet (also revised), which links to this article. Beaujon adds that there was a third tweet (unrelated to the Mideast) that AP had to revise this week. * * * As the Twitterverse watches

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