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Another AFP Headline Flub

Another AFP Headline Flub

This weekend, a Palestinian armed with a machine gun opened fire at soldiers on a Jordan Valley checkpoint. The soldiers returned fire, and the Palestinian died. An unfortunately all-too familiar story. Most people will only know the basic info of what happened by skimming the headlines in their local paper or social media feed. That’s why

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Pulp Content and the New York Times’s Dead Palestinian

Editors tend to view wire copy as pulp content. You either edit the material to the length you need, or you can copy and paste key info into your own original content (with appropriate attribution, of course). Local papers use the reports differently, so editors tailor the headlines to fit available space in their print

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December 8, 2014: Right-Wing ‘Hawks’ Only Fly in Israel

  Listen to Yarden Frankl on the Voice of Israel by clicking on the image above or on this link to play. Foreign correspondents covering elections in Israel have no problem labeling Israeli politicians as ‘hawks’ or ‘extremists.’ Yet despite his incitement-laced tirades, PA head Mahmoud Abbas is always referred to as a “moderate.”  

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Selling Land to Arabs and Jews

Reuters writes about how there are many Arabs who live in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Of course, that’s not how these places are described. Instead Reuters calls them “Jewish settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem.” The article also mentions that recently some Arabs have been leaving these places because of a “surge of

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Is The PLO Dictating Reuters Content?

A few days ago, the PLO warned foreign reporters not to use the name “Temple Mount” in reports about the Jerusalem holy site. The thrust of its argument is that the Temple Mount is located in occupied territory, and any reference to the site other than the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al Sharif in Arabic) encroaches

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Anonymous Sources Run Amok

In their zeal to squeeze Hamas, did Israel and Egypt irresponsibly ignore US and UN warnings that might have made war in Gaza avoidable? I don’t know. But that’s what the Wall Street Journal (click via Google News) implies in a reconstruction of events leading up to Operation Protective Edge. Unfortunately, this reconstruction is  based entirely on anonymous

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A Muddled Minefield of Symbolism and Spin

Pope Francis visited a memorial to Israeli terror victims. Unlike AP, Reuters managed to dodge using the word “terror” in a headline by making the story about the pontiff “navigating a minefield of symbols.” Unfortunately, Reuters has to navigate the same minefield, and it blundered it’s way through the meaning of the Temple Mount and

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