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Rall cartoon pulled

MSNBC decided this Ted Rall cartoon about Pat Tillman crossed the line of decency, so they made the highly unusual move of pulling it from their site. Rall’s no stranger to BackSpin — he’s the one who was ‘at home with Palestinian terrorists.’

NRK: ‘Jewish conspiracy’ in Norway

A number of Norwegians from different backgrounds met to discuss the growing antisemitism in that country, as well as methods of treating post-traumatic stress disorder caused by terrorism. Bjorn Staerk writes: One of the central people behind this event is Ester Kristoffer, a psychologist who has written about the suffering of Israeli bus drivers. Over

Worth reading today

* You know something has changed when both Kofi Annan and former PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas are calling for serious reform in Arafat’s PA. * Great staff-ed in the Dallas Morning News (req. reg.) about Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan’s embarrassing appearance on Meet the Press. Host Tim Russert aired clips of a Saudi

Okrent on Yassin

NY Times public editor Daniel Okrent addresses the Times’ description of Sheikh Yassin as a ‘spiritual leader’ of Hamas: Nowhere in The Times’s coverage is the choice of words more flammable than in the paper’s reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’ve been noting objections from both sides (although, I’ll acknowledge, many more from pro-Israel readers)

Al Hurra’s popularity

Via Taranto: On Valentine’s Day a new U.S.-funded TV station, Al Hurra, began broadcasting in the Arab world. Critics jeered. “The Middle East hates its new TV station,” declared Slate. The Middle East Times reported “a tidal wave of criticism from Arab audiences.” NBC News reported that “many didn’t bother to watch the fledgling TV

Op/Eds: A quiz and some poison

* Morton Zuckerman (US News & World Report) offers a quiz: In light of the much-misreported Sharon- Bush meeting, here’s a little quiz to put the event in a perspective that eluded the media. Q: Which Palestinian leader demanded the following immediate concessions as a condition for further talks: (i) Israel must withdraw all 7,500

Mideast press freedom

According to a new Freedom House study, “Freedom of the Press 2004: A Global Survey of Media Independence,” of the 19 Middle Eastern and North African countries, only one, Israel, is rated “Free,” with 90% of the countries in the region rated “Not Free.” The Middle East is the only region in the world with

BBC Governors admit bias

As reported in today’s British media: The Governors’ Programme Complaints Committee, the BBC’s highest grievance body, has ruled valid complaints against a BBC TV programme which exaggerated the use of force by the IDF and claimed that the Israelis sought to destroy Palestinian history. The programme, “Dan Cruickshank on the Road to Armageddon,” was broadcast

Info on ‘Massacring Truth’

A number of people have written us requesting more information on the film Jenin: Massacring Truth. Here’s the purchase page from CanWest – scroll down to ‘Global Video Specials’. The DVD version ($21.95) is available here, and the VHS ($19.95) here. And speaking of videos debunking the Jenin ‘massacre’, we’ll remind readers of the fake

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