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CNN and the Dubious Journalism of Assertion

CNN and the Dubious Journalism of Assertion

In the face of criticism, Don Melvin, the CNN reporter who wrote a poorly-sourced story alleging that Israeli settlers chopped down 800 olive trees, doubled–down on Twitter. But absent any independent verification on Melvin’s part, his report is yet another example of what media wonks refer to as the “journalism of assertion.” That’s the idea

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CNN’s Journalism Goes to the Dogs

Just what is going on at CNN? According to a report: The official Palestianian news agency is reporting that Israeli settlers have chopped down and seized about 800 Palestinian-owned olive trees near the town of Shuyukh, east of Hebron.   The report, by WAFA, the Palestine News & Information Agency, cited “a local source,” whom

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The Latest Jewish Dilemma on Campus

Last month’s student election at Stanford included allegations of anti-Semitism by the Students of Color Coalition against Molly Horwitz – who identifies as Jewish and as a woman of color. The contentious debate that followed has drawn attention to a new dynamic facing Jewish students on college campuses across America. Increasingly, the BDS movement is

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Is it Time for a New Law of War?

Which side has the advantage – terrorists firing rockets behind human shields or armies trying to stop them? Judging by how quickly the media and international organizations adopt a narrative of war crimes against the IDF, Hamas and other terrorists currently enjoy the upper hand. They hide behind civilians to attack Israel indiscriminately, and Israel

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