Sinai-Gaza Terror Ties
• Did Mohammed Morsi negotiate a lull with Sinai jihadis?
• Did an Israeli drone kill a Sinai jihadi?
• Before the Rafah attack, did Mohammed Morsi release from prison several jihadis involved in it?
Israel and the Palestinians
• After the flap of calling for Mahmoud Abbas’ ouster, The Media Line asks one obvious question:
• The latest “flytilla” was an abject failure. Two busloads of activists tried and failed to enter the West Bank from Jordan. AFP coverage. ‘Nuff said.
• The latest big-name defection was a major blow to Bashar Assad’s spin doctors. Ola Abbas was a veteran news anchor for Syrian state-controlled news — and an ethnic Alawite as well. Now safe in Paris, Abbas described to Der Spiegel the Orwellian propaganda machine. I elaborated on the story earlier today.
• Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter flying over Damascus. The Daily Telegraph has video footage.
• CNN rounds up the latest developments from Syria.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• Jerusalem Post: Nitzan Chen took over as director of the Government Press Office. I think a journalism background for the position is a good idea.
Chen served recently as chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, and before that accumulated 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist with Channel 1, serving as a parliamentary correspondent, editor and settlements reporter.
One of the most memorable public moments involving Chen was in March 1999, when Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef kicked him out of a press conference at Arye Deri’s house because he started to ask a question about Deri’s bribery and breach of trust convictions.
• Draw your own conclusions from the farewell column of NY Times readers rep, Arthur Brisbane:
I also noted two years ago that I had taken up the public editor duties believing “there is no conspiracy” and that The Times’s output was too vast and complex to be dictated by any Wizard of Oz-like individual or cabal. I still believe that, but also see that the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.
• For anyone who’s interested, The Guardian‘s readers’ editor, Chris Elliott finally comments on the Josh Trevino affair.
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