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The MidEast PR Machine: From Assad to the Palestinians

The MidEast PR Machine: From Assad to the Palestinians

Assad believes the Western media can be manipulated to serve the Syrian regime.

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2011 Dishonest Reporting Awards

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

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

4 Hezbollah Figures Indicted for Hariri Assassination

Four Hezbollah figures are accused of assassinating Rafik Hariri as the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued its indictments. The Gulf News writes: While the names of the accused were not disclosed by Mirza or any other Lebanese officials, media quoted ‘reliable’ sources in the prosecutor’s office as saying the four are security and military members of

Sky’s Strange Moral Confusion

It’s difficult to know what to make of Dominic Waghorn, Sky News’ Middle East correspondent. On one hand he clearly recognizes the cynicism of Arab regimes that have little regard for the wellbeing of their own citizens. We’ve commended him when he has acknowledged the double standards that mark the reporting on Israel compared to

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Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax: Pinkwashing Israel and Sock Puppetry Extraordinaire

By now, it’s all over the internet that Gay Girl in Damascus was outed. Amina Arraf — a Syrian lesbian and emerging voice for gay Arabs whose views on the Arab Spring gained prominence in the Western media — is really Tom MacMaster, a heterosexual male, co-director of Atlanta-Palestine Solidarity, now suspended from his Ph.D studies at

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Syria Pays Cash For Riot, Media Takes Propaganda For Free

Once again, a flood of headlines present Israel as an aggressor responsible for the deaths of dozens of unarmed civilians. Was this really a peaceful protest or another Syrian-engineered attempt to breach Israel’s border? Where did the media get it right and where did it go wrong?

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