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Comments and the Roar of the Crowd – 5

Comments and the Roar of the Crowd – 5

A sampling of the latest from my inbox. 1. Scarlett Johansson stood up for Israel, earning the respect and admiration of a lot of HonestReporting readers. How can her new fans express their appreciation? From: … Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 Subject: Re: IDNS: Scarlett Johansson Renounces Oxfam Ties Over BDS I’d like to thank

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The Case Against “Generic” News Images

Sometimes, editors need an image for a story but don’t have anything useful or available right away. That’s when stock photos come in handy. But unless they’re clearly labeled as “file photos” used for “illustrative purposes,” these images can be very misleading. Robert Fisk raises an important point about “generic” news photos used to illustrate


Shock and Horror as Israeli Embassy Supports… Israel!

Not quite sure why The Guardian thinks this is newsworthy: Just imagine – the Israeli embassy taking sides in the SodaStream / Scarlett Johansson saga and choosing… Israel. Is The Guardian’s loathing towards Israel at the stage where Israelis defending their case is so outrageous? Whatever next? If Israel can’t even fight its case on


Watchdog of the Week: RTE Makes On-Air Apology for Ariel Sharon Slur

When Irish broadcaster RTE referred to “the massacre that was led by Sharon in Beirut” on its 9pm news program, former HonestReporting Mission participant Stephen Franklin, as well as fellow UK activists Frank Baigel and Elliot Davis all contacted the station. Ariel Sharon, of course, did not lead, participate in nor desire a massacre in the


Anti-Normalization Absurdities

The anti-normalization movement is very powerful Palestinian movement. It opposes anything that “normalizes” Israeli-Palestinian relations, hounding everyone from entrepeneurs, grass roots peace groups, feel-good political delegations, and even Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona. (Is nothing sacred?) Reconciliation and normalization are dirty words, which is why even Nelson Mandela would be run out of Ramallah if


The Economist Finally Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

We still haven’t had a response from The Economist’s Editor-in-Chief John Mickelthwait. This after contacting him asking for his magazine to adopt recognized working definitions of anti-Semitism and drawing attention to the 30,000 of you who signed our petition in support.     We pointed out why a cartoon implying that Jews control the U.S. Congress