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Media Cheat Sheet 02/13/2012

Media Cheat Sheet 02/13/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. A journalism professor who supported suicide bombings gallingly opines about “mainstream” support for the Palestinians. CNN’s a victim of internet smear after downsizing its Jerusalem bureau. Anticipating war with Iran, Big Media snaps up Tel Aviv rooftop rental space. Join the Media Cheat

You Can’t March In Step With Suicide Bombers and Lecture About What’s Mainstream

Peter Manning (Sydney Morning Herald op-ed) argues that Canberra’s support for Israel is out of step” with Australian public opinion. But as I read his piece and the polls he cites, I’m having a recurring thought: skewed media coverage of Israel impacts public opinion, and public opinion impacts policy. Indeed Manning is part of that

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/12/2012

Everything you need to know about this weekend’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hezbollah openly confirms Iranian financial support – but why now? The Syrian army reportedly moved chemical weapons to Homs. And is there any precedent for this weekend’s BBC “global apology?” Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians •

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/09/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Rumblings of a possible “intrafada,” the NYT takes a stab at understanding US-Israel differences over Iran, and Turkey’s bypassing the UN to push for an international summit to address Syria. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the

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Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Rose-colored glasses are de rigueur in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom. With the US engaging the Taliban,  this Monitor staff-ed wants to apply similar logic to Israel and Hamas: President Obama was smart not to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal. If the United States is willing to

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/08/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. How is Big Media reacting to Palestinian unity? What does UN disarray on Syria mean for Israel and Iran? And why is the BBC telling its staff to handle an Al-Qaida cleric extra nonjudgmentally? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/07/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hackers attack Assad’s office and leak documents to Haaretz for eye-opening revelations. Talking heads advise Israel on Iran. And is it time to send Judge Goldstone to Syria? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians •

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Israel Releases Images Online: Why It Matters

Good news for Israel’s online activists: Israel’s releasing its national photo collection from copyright restrictions. It opens up some new graphic opportunities for anyone struggling to find the right royalty free image. The LA Times writes: Images of key figures, pivotal moments and just plain interesting photographs documenting Israel’s history will now be freely available for

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Time Brings Hamas In From the Cold

The mainstreaming of Hamas continues thanks to the obtuse dispatches of journos like Time‘s Karl Vick. The chief of the Palestinian party and militia, which the West knows chiefly for its suicide attacks on Israel, has declared repeatedly that it has decided to set aside violent resistance and, in the spirit of the Arab Spring,

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