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Unsettling pressure

We can expect to see alot more heated discussion in the coming months over settlements, as Sharon’s Gaza plan moves forward and everyone involved in the debate senses change in the air. Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently made a splash with a New Yorker article on the settlers, now has a NY Times op-ed on the

Bias at GoogleNews?

Some thoughts on the news sources served up on GoogleNews: Should only five of more than 7,000 sources account for 46 percent of Google News’ top news stories? Should two of those five sources be the Voice of America and Xinhua, government agencies of the Peoples’ Republic of China and the United States, respectively? Interesting

Neutral Ground No Longer

After Hamas gunmen entered Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital and executed Mahmud al-Sharif and Walid Hamdiya in their beds, most media reports spun the story as a further example of the degenerating security situation in the Palestinian areas. And though Human Rights Watch slammed the murders for violating the hospital’s neutrality, the BBC took its coverage in

Over in the Ivory Tower

Academics praise the importance of intellectual honesty and freedom of speech, but these values sometimes don’t apply to Israel’s supporters. Asaf Romirowsky details the challenges of supporting Israel on campus today, including examples of political correctness run amok and Jewish students and professors feeling under siege. Here’s an article from 2002 on this topic from

Biased photojournalism?

War Photoblog does an ‘Analysis of Biased Photojournalism Techniques’ that is certainly worth seeing, especially the sections on tilted cameras and lighting. We dealt with this issue on a number of occasions: see Photo Op, Something Fishy at AFP, and The Sympathy Photo. This was a particularly telling photo we addressed in Photo Op: One

Posting the Ombudsman

Washington Post ombudsman Michael Getler responds to criticism of a recent report by Molly Moore about seven friends from Jenin and how their lives turned out. Getler writes: I did not read this story the way the complaining readers did. I viewed it as a valuable exploration of real lives and real transitions that are

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