Backspin articles

Security fence, diligence are working

Josh Harvey has a important chart showing how Israel’s security fence, coupled with aggressive anti-terror measures and increased diligence, have thwarted the great majority of attempted terrorist attacks for the past two years.

CBC ‘addressing anti-Israel bias’

Toronto Star has a followup on the CBC’s apology for a highly biased Neil Macdonald report, critiqued by HonestReporting: CBC News is re-working its practices to avoid any future journalistic “mistakes” that may give its audiences the impression it has an “anti-Israel bias.” The changes stem from a report by Washington correspondent — and former

Friedman: Settlers = Shiite butchers

NY Times’ Tom Friedman today: Question: What do the Shiite extremist leader Moktada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army have in common with the extremist Jewish settlers in Israel? Answer: More than you’d think. Both movements combine religious messianism, and a willingness to sacrifice their followers and others for absolutist visions, along with a certain disdain

Admitting press errors

The UK’s Mirror published this front page after it became clear they had published fake photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq: Our question is, where was this front page after the monumental Jenin ‘massacre’ hoax of 2002, which took in the entire British press??

AP apologizes for Arafat

Yassir Arafat made this statement to Palestinians on national TV Saturday: “Find what strength you have to terrorize your enemy and the enemy of God.” The Associated Press informs readers how to understand Arafat’s call to terror: Arafat, whom Israel accuses of supporting militant groups, did not appear to be calling for new attacks on

A missing colon

On Friday the IDF found Palestinians using a United Nations ambulance to hide away the body parts of fallen IDF soldiers. Check out the Reuters headline: Israel Gunmen Used UN Ambulances to Carry Remains An accurate colon after ‘Israel’ would have made all the difference… Comments to: (Hat tip: Michael D.)

New NYT Jerusalem bureau chief

From NY Post: Steven Erlanger is out as cultural czar at the New York Times, and is being reassigned as Jerusalem bureau chief. Jonathan Landman, one of the few heroes in the Jayson Blair scandal, was made cultural news editor in his place.

CBC Watch

Canada’s National Post has started a column called ‘CBC Watch’. This inaugural edition critiques the Neil Macdonald segment that we ran a communique on earlier this week. In it, Macdonald lent a prominent voice to a Israeli-conspiracy nut by the name of Eugene Bird: Mr. Bird’s implication — that Israeli agents are secretly controlling American

Worth reading today

* Zev Schiff asks if the two Gaza attacks that claimed 11 IDF lives were ‘random incidents, or an operational flaw?’ * Erick Stakelbeck says the Nick Berg murder had ‘nothing to do with Abu Ghraib, and everything to do with the barbaric, pathologically anti-Western nature of militant Islam.’: As more lurid details and photographs

Boston Globe headlines

HonestReporting subscriber Andy S. compares Boston Globe headlines from Tuesday: Item 1: A militant Islamic website showed footage of a group of hooded Arab terrorists killing an American man they had captured, then holding up his severed head for the camera. Headline – Boston Globe – May 12, 2004: “American Beheaded in Video” Item 2: