Backspin articles

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

Egyptian paper: Holocaust is ‘Zionist lie’

MEMRI translates an article from Al-Liwaa Al-Islami – Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party’s paper — that uses western Holocaust-deniers as sources to claim: this lie [about] the burning of the Jews in the Nazi crematoria has been disseminated throughout the world until our time in order to extort the West and make it easier for

Belfast mural

While pro-Palestinian voices the world over (such as Ramzy Baroud in the Palestine Chronicle) are recognizing Yassir Arafat as their true problem, this mural goes up in Belfast, N. Ireland:

Ehrenreich swipes Israel

Barbara Ehrenreich, filling in for columnist Tom Friedman at the NY Times, proposes a ‘new counterterrorism strategy’ for her candidate John Kerry to adopt: injecting feminism and women’s rights into Arab countries. There’s certainly something to be said for that, but Ehrenreich insists on underpinning her entire project with this: We’re going to need a