Worth Reading Today

– Chicago Tribune (req. reg.) reader’s rep Don Wycliff comments on the paper’s Uli Schmetzer debacle and the role of web-based media watchdogs:

It could be that technology already is providing us a kind of ultimate check in the form of the Internet. In the past, national and foreign correspondents could roam the country or the world writing stories about people who would never see their work. In the Internet age, there are fewer and fewer places where the Chicago Tribune–or the Waxahachie Daily Light, for that matter–cannot be accessed and read critically by people about whom we write. And that is a very good thing.

We at HonestReporting will take that as a compliment.

– From The Independent: The UK has offered to send military advisors to the Gaza Strip to bolster security if Israel disengages.

– Prominent Arab journalist Anis Mansour, an Egyptian, calls on Yasser Arafat to make peace with Israel, or the Palestinians will “sooner or later call you to account.” Here is Memri’s report. And here is the report from the Jerusalem Post.

Jerusalem Post quotes a Palestinian paper that Ron Arad is being held in Lebanon by a group with Syrian connections, and that Israel received from the German media an authentic DNA sample.