Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Yitzhak Shamir and the Ghoul Pool

The news cycle goes into overdrive when famous personalities die, which is why smart editors make sure to have obituaries written ahead of time and periodically updated. The practice strikes some people — especially the biographical subjects — as eerie. One newsroom staffer I know wryly refers to his paper’s collection of obits on file as

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Where’s Reuters On Its Own Photographer’s Brutal Beating?

A Ramallah protest got ugly yesterday when PA police started cracking skulls — including reporters. Maan News reports that several reporters were beaten up, had their cameras confiscated or destroyed, and that two journalists were even taken into custody. Electronic Intifada wasn’t spared either. The PA Interior Ministry ordered an inquiry while outrage was all over Twitter. One

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UNESCO Gives Palestinians the Church of the Nativity

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. UNESCO gave the Church of the Nativity “World Heritage” status. I wish CNN coverage had pointed out that church officials oppose UNESCO. 2. The NY Times reports that several

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Has the BBC Exposed Its Own Mideast Bias?

I doubt we’ll ever find out how the covered-up Balen report assessed the BBC’s Israeli-Palestinian coverage. But the Mortimer report — Edward Mortimer’s assessment of the Beeb’s Arab Spring coverage — could shed some light. Using the Mortimer report, Simon Plosker takes a stab at what Balen might have said. Plosker concludes in The Commentator: In this

Morsi to Take Legal Action Against Iranian News Agency

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. The Fars fabrications is escalating to legal action. This from Reuters: “President Mursi was never interviewed by Iran’s Fars news agency. The interview was fabricated and his presidential office has

Arab Editor: Fabricating Quotes is Common Practice for Iranian Media

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Asharq al-Awsat‘s top editor warns that the Morsi quotes Fars News’s fabricated is common practice in Iran: This is also something that is present in various types of media, whether

The Globe & Mail’s Capital Offense

It annoys the heck out of me when newspapers (in this case, the Globe & Mail) drop Tel Aviv’s name as if it were Israel’s capital city. Tel Aviv, however, remains deeply wary of the Egyptian president, and the Brotherhood’s true plans. It’s another example of Big Media underhandedly using Tel Aviv (instead of Jerusalem)

Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyptian Elections

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. As today’s Israel Daily News Stream went to press, Egypt’s Presidential Election Commission declared Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi the winner. Twitterville, weary of the droning speech, was eager to move

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