Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/16/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. New vindication for Israel on the Mohammed al-Dura affair. Israel and Singapore collaborate to foil an assassination attempt. Care to guess how much taxpayer money the BBC spent covering up the Balen report? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook.

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A Blogosphere Welcome to the NYT’s New Jerusalem Bureau Chief

Jodi Rudoren becomes the NY Times’s new Jerusalem bureau chief in April, but her tweets are already coming under as much scrutiny as anything she wrote when she covered Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign. After Rudoren replied to Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and plugged Peter Beinart‘s book, Marc Tracy and Jeffrey Goldberg advised Rudoren to stop tweeting  “for the

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/14/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Terror targets Israeli envoys in India and Georgia. Commentaries slam world paralysis on Syria. And a closer look at that the explosive email Rupert Murdoch’s sweating over. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Embassies Under Attack • Coverage of the

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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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