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Oberlin’s Trustees Denounce Professor’s Anti-Semitic Posts

Oberlin’s Trustees Denounce Professor’s Anti-Semitic Posts

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sanity prevails (for now) at Oberlin, as the college’s powers-that-be threw down the gauntlet on anti-Semitism. The Washington Post explains: Oberlin College’s Board of Trustees has labeled social media posts by Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, as “anti-Semitic and abhorrent” and has demanded that school leaders “challenge the assertion

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The 2015 Dishonest Reporting Awards

The year began with Islamic terror in Paris, but was dominated by the Iranian nuclear talks and strained US-Israeli ties. A wave of Palestinian stabbing and car-ramming attacks began with the Jewish new year. As 2015 draws to a close, Islamic terror has struck the West again, with Paris suffering even more bloodshed. The 2015

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When Anonymous Washington Sources Sling Mud At Israel

Love them or hate them, the news industry needs anonymous sources. Sometimes, the information they provide can’t be obtained from anywhere else. I get that. But journalists must use nameless sources with caution. They make news less transparent — readers have to place a lot more trust in the reporter that the source is credible,

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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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Feathers Fly Over “Chickensh*t” Interview

Today’s Top Stories 1. Already strained US-Israel ties became even more frayed when an anonymous “senior Obama administration official” launched unusual and undiplomatic attack on Benjamin Netanyahu. Here’s what he told Jeffrey Goldberg: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.  

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Ayatollah’s Health Sparks Talk of Succession

Today’s Top Stories 1. Images of Iran’s hospitalized supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are sparking speculation over his successor as well as an unprecedented Iranian media blitz. The 75-year-old Khamenei recently underwent prostate surgery. Reuters explains: “The clergy are looking for somebody to guarantee the interests of the clergy. The Revolutionary Guards are looking for

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Absurd Moments In Anonymous Sources

What does it say about both Time magazine and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office that a “no-comment” on rumors (rumors!) couldn’t be attributed to anyone by name? Is there any explanation for this absurd moment in anonymous sources? A senior Israeli official reached by TIME says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office is declining to comment on the

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Is Israel Really Spying on the US?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Newsweek followed up on last week’s controversial article about alleged Israeli spying on the US. The main buzz: Israel tried to spy on Al Gore’s bathroom. One of Newsweek’s sources,

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