Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Media Cheat Sheet 10/4/2011

For as long as I’ve worked for HonestReporting, my primary job has been to go through the papers and send a daily roundup to the staff of what I see each day – a snapshot of developments and trends in coverage of Israel, along with my two-cent observations for in-house use. Since I’m looking at 39 papers, a ton

If Gilad Shalit Launched a Hunger Strike, Would it Make a Sound?

Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike to protest new Israeli restrictions intended to pressure Hamas to release Gilad Shalit. Palestinian hunger strikes are a great story with elements of individual protest, personal struggle and sacrifice, against faceless Israeli jailers. But let’s keep things in perspective. The restrictions we’re talking about deal with reduced family visits, less access to

Monday Morning Media Mix 10/03/2011

What to read before your work day begins? What Happened Before Nothing Happened? — Hillary Clinton kvetches that “nothing has happened” with the peace process. She might be be surprised at what’s “happened” since she first endorsed Palestinian statehood in 1998. Land Without Peace: Why Abbas Went to the UN — Debunking the media myth that Israeli

SPJ Members Give Helen Thomas Award a Thumbs Down

Divided members of the Society of Professional Journalists ultimately gave a thumbs down to a journalism award named after Helen Thomas. Members meeting at the SPJ’s national convention upheld the national board’s decision to nix the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year, the board dropped the award after Thomas told Rabbi David Nesenoff that

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Fauxtography Files: Photojournalist Blows Lid on Collusion With Stone Throwers

The video: Italian photographer Ruben Salvadori blows the lid on collusion between photojournalists and Palestinian stone throwers. In this remarkably documented video, Salvadori describes how the David-and-Goliath images come about, despite the way they distort reality of the clashes they cover. Photojournalism Behind the Scenes [ITA-ENG subs] from Ruben Salvadori on Vimeo. The significance: It

Tuesday Morning Media Mix – 9/27/11

What to read before your work day begins? • Abbas Strikes Out — Despite the accolades, Mahmoud Abbas is having a tougher month than the Red Sox. • Is the ‘Palestine question’ still Palestinian? — One disgruntled Palestinian supporter sees right through the “Palestine Spring.” • East Jerusalem Palestinians Say UN Move Would Hurt Them;

Abbas and Palestine Spring Are an Oxymoron

Brendan O’Neill doesn’t agree with the Palestine Spring Mahmoud Abbas has declared as part of his statehood push. After seeing headlines like AP‘s, I tweeted a similar reaction yesterday. But it’s more telling when the sentiment is made by a self-described Palestinian supporter like O’Neill. He writes at Australia’s ABC News: Two phenomena seem to be fuelling Abbas’s

EJC to Reuters: Fire the Journo Who Sent Pro-Palestinian Email

The European Jewish Congress was recently roiled by a message allegedly from the Reuters email address of Svebor Kranjc, a Dutch camerman and picture editor, supporting the Palestinian statehood bid. According to the Jerusalem Post, the email — which was responding to an EJC press release against the unilateral Palestinian statehood push — said: “I

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