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2011 Dishonest Reporting Awards

Our yearly roundup of the worst excesses of the media in 2011.

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The Sorry State of the World Zionist Conspiracy

The Zionist conspiracy took a hit when Syria outed the Arab League as a Zionist tool. For damage control, I pulled a few strings with fellow co-conspirators at the Times of London with this staff-ed: The Syrian response was little short of deranged, with the country’s state news agency swiftly denouncing the league as a

Media Cheat Sheet 11/01/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Today’s big stories were UNESCO fallout, lingering issues from the recent Gaza rocketfire, and a surprising NY Times op-ed. UNESCO • Now that Palestine is a member of UNESCO, the US has cut funding and Canada is weighing its options. And the Palestinians? They’re already preparing

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Media Cheat Sheet 10/30/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Today’s coverage focused on Gaza rocket fire and Israeli retaliation. Unfortunately, some journos skewed the chronology while others used non-judgmental shorthand giving the impression Israel sparked the fighting. Moshe Ami was buried in Ashkelon after succumbing to shrapnel wounds. Gaza Heats Up • In Ashkelon,

Media Cheat Sheet 10/09/2011

Here’s today’s assessment of media coverage, issues and trends. I go through the papers so that the HonestReporting staff (and now you too) don’t have to. Commentary • Must-read: Amir Taheri (Asharq al-Awsat) persuasively asks if Palestine is a nation or a cause. He points out that neither Fatah nor Hamas describe themselves as “national”

Media Cheat Sheet 10/5/2011

Yesterday, I began blogging the daily media roundups I already prepare for the HonestReporting staff’s in-house use. It covers a lot of the issues, trends in coverage, and developments I see in the course of the day. Commentary • Brett Schaefer (National Review) says US should withhold funds from UNESCO if the organization accepts the

NBC’s Day With ‘Najad: No Tough Questions

Ann Curry of NBC’s Today Show spent 24 fawning hours with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clearly, this hardball moment was the highlight of Curry’s day: “What is the future you wish for Iran? Why?” “I want the same future as I want for every nation of the world, peace, friendship, happiness and unity.” ‘Najad left out his

Vogue, The Arab Lobby and Media Influence

Vogue’s fawning whitewash of Bashar Assad last March proved so embarrassing to the fashion mag, Vogue removed the article. But it gets worse. It turns out the profile was brought about by Brown Lloyd James, a PR firm on the Syrian payroll. The Hill (via Elder of Ziyon) writes: Brown Lloyd James agreed to a $5,000-per-month

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