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Anonymous Sources Run Amok

Anonymous Sources Run Amok

In their zeal to squeeze Hamas, did Israel and Egypt irresponsibly ignore US and UN warnings that might have made war in Gaza avoidable? I don’t know. But that’s what the Wall Street Journal (click via Google News) implies in a reconstruction of events leading up to Operation Protective Edge. Unfortunately, this reconstruction is  based entirely on anonymous

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Media Uncovers Hamas Launch Sites in Populated Areas

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Israeli officials have insisted that Hamas was firing rockets from densely populated areas. Even after a month of fighting, scant evidence emerged from the mainstream media. But now, media sources are emerging with video proof that Hams is, indeed, deliberately putting Palestinian civilians at risk in its offensive

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Foul-Mouthed Australian Columnist Quits Over Israel Flap

After stirring up a hornet’s nest of tension with the Jewish community, editors, and executives at his parent company Fairfax Media, the Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton quit over a string of foul-mouthed replies to readers. First the background. It began when Carlton wrote Israel’s Rank and Rotten Fruit is Being Called Fascism, a

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Gaza: What Could the Press Corps Have Done Differently?

Its’ too early to tell if Operation Protective Edge is really winding down or not. Israel says it has destroyed all the terror tunnels it knows of, but the possibility of continued rocket fire looms over the Cairo truce talks. After one month of conflict, it’s fair to ask, What could the news services in

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Sydney Morning Herald Apologizes for Vicious Gaza Cartoon

The Sydney Morning Herald apologized for a nasty cartoon that had Australia’s Jewish community in an uproar. Cartoonist Glen Le Lievre’s Twitter explanations notwithstanding, the SMH removed the drawing, which illustrated Mike Carlton’s recent column.   The Herald deeply regretted the upset the image had caused, but felt – not least because the cartoonist lacked any

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Balance in the Eye of the Editor

Will Gore, the deputy managing editor of The Independent, weighs in on journalistic balance. It was prompted by a headline error (since corrected) and a Dave Brown cartoon (of which a formal complaint to the UK Press Complaints Commission was filed and dismissed). Gore adds, almost as a throwaway ending: There will always be those

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Where is the Hamas Offensive?

This critique was written by Cherryl Smith, PhD, professor emerita of rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. Her blog is Framing Israel Where is the Hamas offensive? We get constant news of the “Israeli offensive” and the “Gaza offensive” but both refer to action by Israel. What about the Hamas offensive? This phrase

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