Backspin articles

Not so cute

Toy In Candy Bag Appears To Depict 9/11 Attack ORLANDO, Fla. — A bag of candy shocked a local grandmother and will most likely shock you. The toy inside looks like a plane flying right into the Twin Towers. Now, that toy is off some local store shelves because of our story. It doesn’t stop

Coverage of Israel’s Gold

Here are two great articles on Gal Friedman’s gold medal, Israel’s first ever: – Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star weaves nicely between Athens ’04 and Munich ’72 – Ian O’Connor of USA Today recognizes the larger implications: What the Israelis would give to be treated the same. What they would give for Iranian

IDF Combat Communication Course

The IDF is getting more serious about capturing anti-terror combat operations on film: Another 4-month “Operational Documentation” course for soldiers from selected units has concluded under the auspices of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. The course enables soldiers to document with their cameras the daily activities of their units. Soldiers learn everything concerning photography, picture angles,

Jihad Mag for Women

Via BBC, a disturbing new entry to Mideast media: Radical Islamists have launched a new magazine on the Internet especially for women, called Al-Khansa, after a famous Arab woman poet in the early days of Islam who wrote eulogies to male relatives who had died in battle. One of its encouragements to jihad reads: “The

Media Ins and Outs

Selective reporting slants news coverage of key Mideast issues

Mazal tov! Gold!

Gal Friedman wins Israel’s first-ever Olympic gold medal. Tough to spin this one badly…unless of course the media discover the Mossad agent who directed the wind in Gal’s direction…

‘Ghandi would have appreciated jihad’

Robert Spencer responds to a screed by Brian Whitaker of The Guardian claiming “Ghandi…would have appreciated jihad” against Americans and Israelis: Gandhi would undoubtedly have appreciated jihad, eh? Clearly this has been written by someone who has had his ears filled with carefully designed, glib jihad-is-an-inner-spiritual-struggle explanations and has no idea what Islam really teaches