Backspin articles

Wash Post ombud on ‘T-word’

In the March 17 HonestReporting communique, we critiqued the ongoing double standard at news outlets such as the Washington Post, which described the Madrid bombing as “the worst terror attack in modern Spanish history,” but insisted on calling the nearly-simultaneous (and nearly-identical) Ashdod bombing as the work of Palestinian “militants.” In apparent response to this

Nothing Left to Lose

Allison Kaplan Sommer on the Israeli man-on-the-street’s reaction to downing Yassin: Whenever I challenged someone with the old arguments, by saying, “But aren’t you worried about the retaliation? Don’t you think this is going to provoke some terrible terror attacks? Isn’t it just going to make things worse?” the response was the same: “And you

Sheikh Yassin’s ‘Happiest Day’

HonestReporting has just released a communique on coverage of the targeted killing of Ahmad Yassin — view it here. To receive HR communiques by email, simply sign up above. See also: – Why Israel Targeted Ahmad Yassin, by the Israeli Foreign Ministry – Targeted Killings Can Save Lives, by Tuvia Blumenthal

Jack Kelley’s terror tale

USA Today’s Jack Kelley has been dismissed after the paper found he fabricated many of his stories. One of Kelley’s biggest stories was his claim to have personally witnessed the Sbarro’s pizzaria bombing in Jerusalem in 2001, which earned him a Pulizer nomination. But USA Today reporters now say he probably made the whole thing

Palestinian propaganda in US textbooks

HonestReporting recently exposed the anti-Israel bias of two children’s primers from BBC and Knight Ridder. FrontPage magazine now has an article entitled ‘Textbooks for Jihad’ that finds that prestigious American textbook publishers such as Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster, TCI, and others are educating children to the “Arab point of view” and its aspirations of world

BBC radio’s moral nihilism

The BBC’s Today program this morning tackled the issue everyone’s been struggling with: “In the aftermath of the Madrid bombings, we discuss the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist.” So who did they bring on the show to clarify this for us? Palestinian hijacker and hostage-taker Leila Khaled, and IRA publicity head Danny

PETA ad campaign

The animal rights group PETA has a new European ad campaign that compares the slaughter of chicken to the murder of Jews in Auschwitz: The text at the top reads: “To animals, all people are Nazis” From Reuters: Paul Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews, said he would ask prosecutors to raise charges

Guardian: There are no bad guys

From an editorial at the Guardian after the Madrid bombing: Life stopped in the winter drizzle of Madrid yesterday. Offices, shops and cafes emptied, as funeral candles were lit in moving scenes of solidarity…If cities across Europe were waking up to the fact that they were as much in the crosshairs of an attack on

Mideast democracy oversight

Correction, New York Times, March 14: “An article last Sunday about attempts to create democracy in Iraq misstated the precedent in the Mideast. Iraq would become the region’s second functioning democracy, after Israel, not its first.” The oversight would be understandable if this weren’t a defining characteristic of the entire Mideast — Israel, the region’s

Three new IDF videos

The IDF has released three short videos on the corruption of Palestinian culture, which is probably the most significant force they are really up against: – The Exploitation of Palestinian Children by Terrorist Organizations – Born to be a Shahid (Martyr) – Exploiting Ambulances for Smuggling Explosives – Actual footage of the search for, discovery,