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Rantisi strike coverage

The IDF killed Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi tonight. Here’s the first item of absurd coverage, two sentences into the main BBC report : The [IDF] attack came hours after a suicide bomber killed himself and an Israeli soldier at the Erez checkpoint just north of Gaza city. The BBC’s Peter Greste in Gaza City

NY Times and WashPost on Bush/Sharon

David Adesnik at OxBlog critiques NY Times and WashPost coverage of yesterday’s Bush statement: No question about it, this morning’s Bush-Sharon press-conference is the top story of the day. But why, exactly? If you get your news from the WaPo or NYT, the answer to that question is far from self-evident. Adesnik nicely boils down

The backlash

Heavy media coverage today of Palestinian anger at President Bush’s support for Sharon’s disengagement plan. Many journalists are far from neutral on this — consider this sentence from a Reuters report: Sharon will fly home on Thursday armed with what he came to Washington for — U.S. “guarantees” he can flaunt in the face of

Reuters wrong on Likud

From a Reuters article yesterday by Jeffrey Heller: Sharon, who in the late 1970s emerged as the architect of a plan to vastly expand the settlements, heads a right-wing party that views the West Bank as part of the Biblical territories of Judea and Samaria, given by God to the Jews. Actually, Likud is a

Public cynical about news business

From Boston Globe: At a time when public distrust of the news media appears to be at a dangerously high level, there is evidence of a deep and fundamental disagreement between those who produce news and those who consume it. Although most journalists believe quality and values are vital elements of their work and see

Junking the Road Map?

Today’s HonestReporting communique on media coverage of Ariel Sharon’s Washington visit is now posted on our site: Junking the Road Map? To receive HR communiques by email, just sign up above.

Palestinian deaths at hands of Palestinians

Another aspect of the oft-distorted death counts in the conflict — from Haaretz: Over 11% of Palestinians killed since September 2000 died at the hands of other Palestinians, according to a report by the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), headed by Bassem Eid. The report states that 297 Palestinians were killed by other

Arafat authorized attack on US convoy

Middle East Newsline reports evidence that Yassir Arafat personally OK’ed the attack on a US convoy that killed three Americans: The United States has determined that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat approved an attack on a U.S. embassy convoy in which three Americans were killed in 2003. U.S. diplomatic sources said a U.S. investigation into

Disinformation campaign in Iraq?

Belmont Club found three separate articles from Iraq correspondents who were all 1) taken captive by Iraqi mujahideen, 2) brought to a picturesque locale, 3) given food and made privvy to inside information, then 4) granted a surprising release on the condition they tell the world ‘the truth.’ See the blog for a side-by-side comparison

Challenging online jihadists

HonestReporting has challenged the legitimacy of online radical Islamic ‘news’ sites like JihadUnspun and Al Jazeera. Aaron Weisburd at Internet Haganah takes another approach with such sites – he gets them shut down (over 420 so far) by notifying their ISP hosts of the nature of their content. A good article on Internet Haganah from