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Essential George Will

Outstanding column by George Will today that should not be missed in the frenzy surrounding the Rantisi strike. Will recognizes that Bush’s support of Sharon’s plan is simply an accurate reading of UN Resolution 242 that recognized the right of every state in the region to “secure and recognized boundaries,” which Israel’s 1967 borders were

Lionizing Rantisi

The (UK) Observer has a Rantissi obituary that urges readers to remember the Hamas leader’s softer side: The man who loved the Palestinian children so much that he admitted openly that he was prepared to slaughter Israeli infants to guarantee the future of their Palestinian counterparts – and could see no contradiction… He spoke hate,

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