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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

Massacring Truth

[UPDATE: See the HR communique on this topic] The new documentary film Jenin: Massacring Truth debuted on Canada’s Global last night. The film addresses the international media’s false, irresponsible reporting on the IDF incursion to Jenin in April, 2002. Damian Penny saw the film and transcribes this exchange between Martin Himel and Dr. Tim Benson,

‘A real journalist’

Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh, born in Tulkarem, is a unique voice of straightforward reporting from the West Bank and Gaza. InContext reports from a talk Abu Toameh gave in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Excerpt: Why is he working for a “right wing Israeli newspaper?” Abu Toameh says he’s always asked. Because he’s a “real journalist.”

Legality of targeted killing of terror leaders

Many of the news stories and editorials following the Yassin and Rantissi strikes denounced the Israeli actions (either directly or through prominent quotations) as ‘extra-judicial’ or ‘illegal’. Here are recent articles that outline the legality of such strikes under international law: * Joshua Muravchik, National Review: given Hamas’ genocidal ideology, the strikes are justified under

Not just Israel

Donald Rumsfeld is not happy with media coverage of Iraq: There are two ways, I suppose, one could inform readers of the Geneva Convention stipulation against using places of worship to conduct military attacks. One might be a headline saying that Terrorists Attack Coalition Forces From Mosques. That would be one way to present the

German Anti-semitism alert

David’s Medienkritik alerts us to this Anti-semitic video clip (req. RealPlayer) from NDR, a regional German public TV channel. The video is scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow night (Thurs., April 29) on the political satire program Extra3. David says: ‘You don’t need to speak German to understand the message of the clip: awful Ariel Sharon

Molly Moore’s hobgoblins

David Gerstman says that Washington Post Jerusalem correspondent Molly Moore can’t escape ‘the hobgoblins of her limited world view,’ as illustrated in Moore’s latest piece on Hamas: Hamas in the eyes of Molly Moore is an invincible entity, able to respond to devastating blows immediately. I don’t blame Israelis for being scared; past experience has

Lileks on Arab Street

Minnesota humor columnist and clear-headed commentator James Lileks on the failed Al Qaeda mega-attack in Jordan: This is just an odd story, for many reasons. It hasn’t gotten much play in the last week. It might not get play in the future because a confession in an Arab state often involves jumper cables. The report