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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

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BBC Cool With Abbas Rejection of Peace

When Israel opposes some diplomatic initiative, it never fails: headlines label Israel as rejectionist, obstructionist, moving the goal posts, etc. So when Mahmoud Abbas rejected international diplomacy in his UN speech, what was the BBC’s headline? Contrast that with AP: So which headline’s more accurate? We put together word clouds of the Abbas and Netanyahu speeches

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Palmer Report: Israel Vindicated, Media Shrugs

What did the media choose to focus on and emphasize with the publication of the Palmer Report? A grudging acknowledgment that Israel did indeed have a valid case? Not exactly.

Itamar Massacre Followup: BBC Turnaround Improves

Hakim Awad was convicted of murdering Udi and Ruth Fogel, along with three of their children in the Itamar massacre. Almost as notable as the conviction is that the BBC picked up on the story quickly. Beeb officials conceded they completely fumbled the massacre after MP Louise Bagshawe called the taxpayer-funded news service onto the carpet.

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BBC Trust Upholds Complaint About Settlement Moratorium Coverage

Last September, Israel ended a moratorium on building in already-existing settlements. Unfortunately, the BBC Today program inaccurately described moratorium in far broader terms, stating, “The moratorium on building Jewish settlements in the West Bank ended at midnight.” That language even remains on the Beeb’s web site: It’s clear that the BBC has an axe to grind

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