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2011 Dishonest Reporting Awards

2011 Dishonest Reporting Awards

Our yearly roundup of the worst excesses of the media in 2011.

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/12/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. “Synthetic outrage” over Mughrabi Gate. Newt Gingrich is still a lightning rod. And why is Iran diverting funds from Hamas to Islamic Jihad? Mughrabi Gate • Tim Marshall‘s take on the “synthetic outrage” over the Mughrabi Gate. The wooden ramp leading

Palestinians: UNESCO Will Help Us Bar Jews From Praying at Tomb of the Patriarchs

Palestinian officials are openly talking about using UNESCO to prohibit Jews from worshipping at Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs. Religious freedom in the Holy Land’s always a hot media topic during the Christmas season, and Karl Vick of Time got himself a scoop sure to raise red flags: There’s not much about the site that’s in doubt,

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The Grinch That Politicized Christmas

The Palestinian Authority is going to use Christmas to highlight their statehood push. Judging from this AP report, they’ve already become The Grinch That Politicized Christmas: As part of the campaign, the Palestinians also offer pre-Christmas media tours to highlight Bethlehem area settlement expansion and the disruption caused by Israel’s separation barrier which surrounds the

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/08/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Sarah Schulman follows up on idiotic pinkwashing accusations. And Hamas hatches an election plan to get a foothold in Jerusalem and embarrass Israel. Visit Backspin every day and never miss a Media Cheat Sheet. Peace Process • Hamas wants to collapse unity

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Sarah Schulman’s Pinkwashing Washout Continues

In her first follow up to the Israeli pinkwashing controversy she ignited, Sarah Schulman follows up in the Huffington Post with a detailed history of the Jewish state’s PR “branding efforts.” Her conclusions are no different than from her original NY Times piece. Schulman still insists: The goal of pinkwashing is to justify Israel’s policies of

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/06/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Fallout continues from a trio of American diplomatic slaps at Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has to navigate between its criticism of Camp David, Salafist demands, and economic realities. And what’s with Sheikh Nasrallah’s rare public appearance? Iranian Issues • Saudis signal

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The Guardian’s Geographically Clueless

In the middle of an article about a plan to relocate Bedouins, The Guardian‘s Harriet Sherwood worries that Maale Adumim might one day bisect the West Bank: Many Palestinians see this as part of a strategic plan to close a ring of Jewish settlements that would cut East Jerusalem off from the West Bank. By

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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