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Media role in Iraq war

A former US Army officer comments on the media’s role in emasculating the US effort in Iraq: The media is often referred to off-handedly as a strategic factor. But we still don’t fully appreciate its fatal power. Conditioned by the relative objectivity and ultimate respect for facts of the U.S. media, we fail to understand

Forthcoming HR report

An HonestReporting critique of media coverage of yesterday’s Rafah disaster, versus coverage of the Iraqi wedding-party incident, is forthcoming. To receive it in your inbox, just sign up above. UPDATE: It’s now online here.

Palestinians try to kidnap NY Times reporter

This was buried at the very end of a long NY Times report from Jerusalem bureau chief James Bennet: In a highly unusual incident, at least three Palestinian men attempted to kidnap this reporter here Wednesday night. The reporter, who had identified himself at Al Najar hospital as an American, was speaking on a cellular

Media’s loss of credibility

An essential post from Instapundit on the ‘seismic’ loss of credibility among mainstream journalists. Glenn Reynolds: I think the trend is too bad — I’d much rather have trusted and trustworthy mainstream journalism than the reverse — but, frankly, the loss of credibility is well-earned, as pretty much any blog reader knows. Case in point:

Rafah headline distortions

The IDF has stated that its forces did not fire directly upon Palestinians in Rafah today. Palestinians dispute this. Whose side in this dispute have these ostensibly neutral news outlets adopted, as illustrated by their headlines? Guardian: ‘Israelis Fire on Rafah Protest’ AFP: ’10 Palestinians killed as Israeli army fires on protest against bloody raid’

Arafat’s official website

MEMRI brings our attention to the official website of Prisedent [sic] Yassir Arafat, complete with pictures and a historical profile. Our favorite section is a page on Arafat’s ‘daily chores’: “Daily Working Hours: Colleagues of Mr. President say that he finds utter pleasure in pursuing all his people’s issues all day long and part of

Maariv catches CNN

Maariv International took on the role of media monitor last night, catching CNN when they suggested — in flashing red letters — that over 10,000 Palestinians have been made homeless in the past few days. CNN adjusted their report later on, and by 9PM were accurately quoting UN figures: During the 9 pm (Israel time

WashPo misreads Sharon plan

Today’s Washington Post staff editorial begins: A month after promising President Bush that Israel would withdraw all of its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is overseeing the largest military operation there in years — yet another of the unpleasant surprises he has delivered to the administration as it struggles

Scale of values

The IDF commander in charge of Gaza forces, Col. Eyal Eisenberg, shares this piece of information that did not make it into your local paper: I haven’t told this to anyone but in the midst of this operation, we assisted a baby being born and evacuated an elderly woman who was injured and summoned a

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