Local Paper Grades Big Media on Gaza

The tiny West Los Angeles Daily Breeze gets props for running the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Munira Syeda critique (2/1/09) asserting that “any objective report card on the American media coverage of Israel’s war on Gaza would have a grade of ‘C’ at best”:

For the most part, the mainstream media reported on the conflict as a “tit for tat” between two equal opponents, with the blame resting squarely on the Palestinian side. The Israeli government’s narrative was accepted as fact, even as Israel barred journalists from the battlefield.

Woefully missing were context and in-depth analyses of the invasion, a lack of willingness to ask tough questions and corroborate information. The media also seemed to ignore the fact that Israel turned Gaza, a region twice the size of Washington, D.C., crowded with 1.5 million people, into the largest open-air prison in the world.

By contrast, check out how the larger L.A. paper’s concern for lives outside the U.S. fares in the new FAIR magazine Extra!: “FAIR Study: Human Rights Coverage Serving Washingtonâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s Needs” (2/09) by Steve Rendall, Daniel Ward & Tess Hall