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NY Times Duped Again?

Joel Mowbray argues that the NY Times was used by the CIA and State Dept. to smear Ahmed Chalabi and his allies in the Bush administration. The Times recently admitted it was duped by questionable sources about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.

Bird’s Eye View of the Liberty Incident

The USS Liberty incident continues to provide grist for all kinds of conspiracy theories (here and here among others). Recently, the Israeli Air Force allowed a reporter from the Jerusalem Post to listen to tapes of the radio transmissions before, during and immediately after the June 8, 1967 attack on the US intelligence-gathering vessel. One of

Winning vs. the terrorists

Two further items to support our communique from yesterday: * ‘Is Israel Winning the War on Suicide Bombers?’ Arieh O’Sullivan, JPost Every night, soldiers and Shin Bet agents round up suspected Palestinian terrorists and fugitives in the West Bank in a quiet but effective crushing of terrorism. Intelligence from interrogations of detained Palestinians is key

HR’s response to AJR article

The American Journalism Review published an article by Barbara Matusow criticizing the role of media monitors in coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here’s HonestReporting’s response to the AJR: To the AJR Editor, In her recent article ‘Caught in the Crossfire’, Barbara Matusow critiques our organization among others that advocate balanced coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dershowitz at Berkeley

Transcript of a fine speech by Alan Dershowitz at UC Berkeley on May 29, 2004: a young student came to me from Harvard College and asked me for forgiveness. I said, “What do I have to forgive you for? I don’t even know you.” He said, “I never speak up on campus, in my classroom,

Jay Rosen on bias, balance, and fairness

Big discussion on Jay Rosen’s blog regarding issues of media bias, balance, and fairness. Rosen doesn’t think ‘bias’ is a helpful term at all, since any work of journalism is saturated with bias from the moment the reporter leaves the office–and probably before that–to the edited and finished product. There’s bias in the conversation our

Hizbullah TV’s ‘Road to Palestine’

Via MediaLine: Hizballah’s TV station Al-Manar is airing video-clips day and night depicting the fight against Israel and the aspiration to correct what it sees as the historic injustice done to the Palestinians. In other words: the complete destruction of the state of Israel. A recent video clip says: “We shall return,” together with the

Only Israel labled ‘Nazi’

Walter Reich in the LA Times (req. reg.) : Genocidal mass murder continues to foul the world. So do large-scale massacres of civilians and brutal executions. Yet the foulest epithet in any language — “Nazi” — is hurled not against any of the perpetrators of those crimes but, uniquely and systematically, against Israel. A piece

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