Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Media Cheat Sheet 01/16/2012

Media Cheat Sheet 01/16/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Why was a Hamas intelligence document leaked online? What’s the big deal about Mahmoud Abbas’s travel permit? And was a battle in a Syrian village staged for reporters and monitors? Israel and the Palestinians • Nadav Shragai (Israel HaYom) explains how Palestinians

Board of Deputies Rejects Boycott of The Guardian

The Board of Deputies of British Jews rejected a proposed boycott of The Guardian. According to the Jewish Chronicle, the motion urged “all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it”. I understand the frustration behind the idea. Al-Guardian won HonestReporting’s 2011 Dishonest Reporting Award for an entire year’s worth


Media Cheat Sheet 01/15/2012

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Is killing Iranian nuclear scientists moral? Why did the Columbia Journalism Review’s look at “Israel and the NY Times” prompt an apology to Jewish readers? And what was one prominent UK publisher thinking when he visited Ismail Haniyeh? HonestReporting delivers the


A Dead Iranian Scientist and Israel’s “No Comment” Policy

A reader I’ll call A. in Australia wants to know about Israel and Mostafa Rashan, a Natanz uranium enrichment supervisor assassinated last week. She writes: Yesterday, we had reports that a scientist in Iran was killed by the Mossad . . . Israel hasn’t answered the media’s queries. What have you to say about this? While the US


Media Cheat Sheet 01/12/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Finger-pointing over the death of a French journalist in Syria, a high-ranking US official meets the Muslim Brotherhood, and a Dutch writer compares her experience with Israeli pre-natal care to Nazi eugenics. HonestReporting delivers the Media Cheat Sheet to your Facebook

“It’s Impossible to Reconcile The Evidence With the Accepted Narrative About Israel”

Greg Sheridan reminds me of why watchdogs like HonestReporting are battling against Big Media’s skewed views of Israel. The Australian‘s columnist — who is visiting Israel– writes: Spending time in Israel is dangerous because it is impossible to reconcile the evidence of your eyes with the accepted international narrative about Israel. In the international media, Israel


Media Cheat Sheet 01/11/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated in broad daylight. In a tell-all interview, an Arab peace observer in Syria explains why he quit in disgust. And you’ll be suprised by what was accomplished by India’s foreign minister during a two-day visit. HonestReporting


Media Cheat Sheet 01/10/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. A simulated war game’s getting a lot of buzz, the PA questions a journalist, and the IDF’s preparing to take in Syrian refugees. See HonestReporting’s Media Cheat Sheet every day by visiting Backspin. You can also now have it delivered to


War Game Scenario: Israel on the Day After

An Israeli think tank staged a war game scenario imagining the day after Iran successfully tested a nuclear weapon. The Times of London (paywall, republished in The Australian) saw the results, and quite a few news services are picking up on the Times’s scoop. The simulation exercise was conducted in Tel Aviv last week by