Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Razing Awareness for Home Demolitions

Which of the following three articles from today’s papers strikes you as least newsworthy? Kenya Demolitions: We are all to blame for corruption (homes and businesses illegally built on airport land) Cleveland to demolish serial killer’s home (“an important step in helping our community heal”) Israel demolishes two east Jerusalem homes (they were built illegally)

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Terror Only Happens in the UK

Sky News is treating a pair of stone throwing incidents with real gravitas while security officials investigate this as attempted murder. Coverage includes photos of the concrete block and large rocks that struck unfortunate motorists and a video featuring one of the victims. The headline calls the incident terror, and readers are posting comments that the perpetrators —

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/05/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hamas ideologically opposes Assad, but its Iranian patron clearly expects the terror group to support Damascus. What’s Hamas to do? Iranian Issues • Heh: Yesterday, Reuters reported that Hamas personnel in Damascus facing Syrian uncertainty are quietly relocating to Gaza. Today, Haaretz reports that

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Press TV Faked 1,370 Somali Deaths By US Drones

Want another reason to ban Press TV? The Bureau of Investigative Journalism accuses Iran’s Press TV of “faking dozens of accounts of US drone strikes in Somalia which it says killed hundreds of civilians.” The Pentagon doesn’t comment on drone strikes, so fabricating them is surprisingly easy: No representatives from the UN, Amisom (African Union

Media Cheat Sheet 12/04/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Israeli govt backs off from ill-conceived ad campaign, but one paper suggests it’s a conspiracy. Israel reveals drones program in Gaza. And why did the PLO subpoena The Green Prince? Peace Process • Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah and Hamas are too

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/01/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Iran’s feeling the heat on a lot of levels. Big Media thinks Israeli start-ups are cool. And Time says, “So what?” as Israel releases tax revenue to the PA. Iranian Issues • While the Brits are shutting down Iran’s embassy, they

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Media Cheat Sheet 11/30/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Intelligence officials confirm that an Iranian nuclear facility was blown up yesterday in Isfahan. Tom Friedman urges Israel to be more Fayyadistic than Salam Fayyad himself. And Israel releases $100 million in taxes to the PA. Visit Backspin every day for

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