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BBC Radio, still unbalanced

Last night, BBC Radio 3 had a 13-minute segment on its ‘Night Waves’ program that addressed media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The program included three guests: A BBC deputy head of news, a BBC Mideast reporter, and the central guest ‘expert’ — Professor Greg Philo of Glasgow University, who recently did a study that,

Worth reading today

* The Baltimore Sun reports on the failure and irrelevance of the Palestinian Authority: After more than three years of bitter fighting with Israel … the people of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are increasingly disillusioned with Arafat and the government he leads, the Palestinian Authority. The forces arrayed against him include many of

The Fatah-Al Aqsa Brigade

In February, we issued a communique on the media’s misrepresentation of the relationship between Yassir Arafat’s Fatah faction and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade – one of the most deadly Palestinian terrorist groups. While the large media outlets were describing ‘loose ties’ between the two, the evidence clearly showed a direct and ongoing bond. Now,

Gulf News’ idea of journalism

BJ Turner of Fort Smith, AR points us to her correspondence with the Dubai-based Gulf News, which is presently on the Gulf News letters page. See the ‘editor’s note’ at bottom: Sad, but true From Mrs. B. J. Turner, Arkansas, US This letter definitely will fall on deaf ears and will not be published in

Buried context

In the HonestReporting communique from Thursday, we raised concern for Associated Press burying the context for last week’s Israeli airstrike just south of Beirut. Lack of context suggests the IDF acts aggressively for no good reason. HR reader Ed F. from Winnepeg adds an important point: In practical terms, burying the context or the Israeli

BBC whitewashes Saudi preacher

BBC reports on a guest preacher at the opening of a new London mosque. BBC presents the preacher — Sheikh Abdur-Rahman al-Sudais, from Saudi Arabia — as an unexceptional leader promoting ‘community cohension’ (sic) and ‘building communities’. But Harry’s Place and MEMRI have the real story on Sheikh al-Sudais, who has made these public statements:

Bummer of a wedding

Via Maariv: A wanted Hamas terrorist was in for an unpleasant surprise on his wedding night – an IDF force interrupted the wedding and arrested him. “Dozens of soldiers suddenly appeared and detained the groom on the dance floor,” the owner of the banquet hall told NRG Maariv. The IDF says the man in question

More on EU-financed Palestinian terror

EUObserver.com reports that the EU continues to uncover a money trail from European taxpayers to Palestinian terrorists: Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian TV) reported that 246 million euro of EU money, granted to the Palestinian Authority by the European Commission, ended up in fully uncontrollable bank accounts. Bayerische Rundfunk said, on the basis of a letter by

New Yorker article on settlers

Barbara Sofer critiques a recent article in The New Yorker by Jeffrey Goldberg, entitled ‘Among the Settlers: Will they destroy Israel?’: A more important problem is the writer’s obvious dislike of his subjects. This from a reporter who interviewed Ahmed Yassin and Hizbullah leaders in Lebanon without expressing antipathy. Let it suffice to say that

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