Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You To Know About Letters to the Editor (Part 4)

Keep your letter short. Space in print newspapers is valuable. It’s so precious, in fact, that the newspaper’s main commodity — news articles — are measured by words. Journalists and editors work with the word count. Editors and graphic artists work with column inches (as a rule of thumb, one column inch equals about 40 words). Space matters, therefore, each

Did Larry Derfner Deserve to Be Fired?

If you haven’t been following the furor of Larry Derfner’s take on the Eilat attacks and Palestinian terror, the Jerusalem Post fired the veteran columnist. The original commentary, “The awful, necessary truth about Palestinian terror,” — published on Derfner’s personal blog – justified Palestinian terror: But while I think the Palestinians have the right to use

UK Arms Dealers Cash In on Arab Spring

The Times of London (paywall) reports that UK arms sales to the Mideast — primarily to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Libya (!?) — jumped 30 percent during the Arab Spring. We’re talking about £30.5 million worth of weapons sold between February and June: Weapons exported include those capable of being used for internal repression, such as

Sinai, The Next Somalia: By the Numbers

The Washington Post says Israel is giving more weight to Egyptian public opinion. Here’s one indication of where Egyptians are on Israel: Ahmad al-Shahat — who climbed 22 stories up the side of a building to pull down an Israeli flag from the roof of Israel’s embassy — was honored by a provincial governor with

Pro-Israel Blogoff Winner Receives iPad

HonestReporting’s proud to present Uri Gobey with an iPad for winning the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. Uri, who blogs as Israel Muse, beat out a pack of bloggers who all posted excellent commentaries, podcasts and videos. HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams, who was one of the competition’s judges, said: HonestReporting is all about getting supporters of Israel engaged

Vogue, The Arab Lobby and Media Influence

Vogue’s fawning whitewash of Bashar Assad last March proved so embarrassing to the fashion mag, Vogue removed the article. But it gets worse. It turns out the profile was brought about by Brown Lloyd James, a PR firm on the Syrian payroll. The Hill (via Elder of Ziyon) writes: Brown Lloyd James agreed to a $5,000-per-month

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You to Know About Writing Letters to the Editor (Part 3)

Keep your letter exclusive to one newspaper. Exclusive content is what gives each newspaper its unique character. So editors publish content that hasn’t been published anywhere else. The letters to the editor page is no different. Sending one letter to several newspapers is like dating two girls simultaneously. It betrays the the expectation of an

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