Backspin articles

Bloggers – force for change

Good article in Online Journalism Review on the impact of blog critics such as BackSpin upon big media. Reporter Mark Glaser reviews a number of recent cases of blogs successfully critiquing major newspapers, and Jay Rosen tries to put it in perspective: “What’s clear from these cases is that news organizations will have to interact

NY Times: slanted coverage of WMDs

The New York Times issued a mea culpa on questionable reporting from Iraq — specifically, articles from over a year ago that played up ‘Saddam had WMD’ sources. The Times editorial admits the paper “was not as rigorous as it should have been” and that “we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the

The silent majority?

Mexican-American Jew Daniel Lubetzky and Palestinian Mohammad Darawshe from Nazareth conducted a massive survey of 23,000 Palestinians and 17,000 Israelis, and found that that seventy-six percent of both populations favour a two-state settlement, liberal democracy, minority rights, and mutual recognition: Lubetzky and Darawshe admitted to frustration over a lack of media attention to their project.

Arabs for Israel

Here’s a unique new site that came to our attention: Arabs for Israel From ‘Who are we?’: * We can support the State of Israel and the Jewish religion and still treasure our Arab and Islamic culture. * The existence of the State of Israel is a fact that should be accepted by the Arab

British journalist Hounam arrested

Via Maariv: Sunday Times reporter Peter Hounam has been detained this evening (Wednesday) in Jerusalem and taken in for questioning, apparently on suspicion of committing security offences. Following his arrest, Hounam was brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court and interrogated in the presence of a General Security Service (GSS) representative. Subsequently, he was taken for

IDF briefing on Rafah

IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT 5/24/04 The following is a summary of the briefing held today by the GOC southern command, Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, regarding the operation in Rafah. On Wednesday, May 12, 2004, an IDF force traveling along the Israeli- Egyptian border came under heavy gunfire and anti tank missiles launched from Rafah. An APC

Media buying Palestinian lies

IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon says what HonestReporting indicated twice during the past week: the world media bought into Palestinian lies during the operation in Gaza: Responding to criticism from abroad and from within Israel about the IDF’s humanitarian record in the Gaza Strip during Operation Rainbow, chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon told

Berkeley Intifada

The East Bay Express has a long article on speech and hatred at UC Berkeley, which was once a great center of openness. Excerpt: As campus police assembled at the entrance to the hall and prepared to open its doors, a kaffiyeh-clad protester hoisted a placard that read: “What is going on in Palestine today

We’ve arrived

LGF’s Charles Johnson says ‘You haven’t arrived until you have your very own stalker moonbat with a blog, issuing semi-literate “criticisms.”‘ So HonestReporting has apparently arrived.

History of Rafiah

Good historical background on the whole Rafiah mess from analyst Elliot Chodoff. (Sign up here for Chodoff’s and Yisrael Neeman’s free email newsletter.): Rafiah Tunnel Vision By Elliot Chodoff The vehemence of the worldwide condemnation of Israel for the IDF operation into Rafiah this week surprised even some veteran Israeli commentators. The UN Security Council