Mar
05
2015

What Was Missing From Coverage of Netanyahu’s Speech

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Reading the lead stories on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about Iran in five prominent US papers, what was most striking what was left out of these articles.

Feb
24
2015

The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America

Slowpoke: "Obama Doesn't Love America Like I Do!" (Jen Sorensen)

“There are plenty of reasons that suggest Obama might not love America,” writes the Washington Post’s Ed Rogers. Funnily enough, most of these reasons seem to have little to with America,

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

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You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Nov
17
2014

Will Bob Schieffer Move Toward the Center?

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Bob Schieffer is right that “a lot of people” think the Democrats should move to the “center”–especially journalists and pundits, who have been saying this for at least 30 years. There’s no reason to think it’s especially good advice, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

Jul
28
2014

Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.

Jul
15
2014

CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis–But Not Dead Palestinians

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CBS host Bob Schieffer conveyed genuine concern for Israelis threatened by rockets fired from Gaza. But his empathy did not extend to Palestinians killed by Israel.

Jun
23
2014

Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq

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NBC’s David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “well-briefed” on the US position on Iran’s nuclear program. But that shouldn’t be confused with being knowledgeable.

May
02
2014

FAIR TV: Iran Nuke Tall Tales, New Benghazi Nonsense, White Guys on Affirmative Action

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On the show this week: CNN goes to Iran nuclear expert… Benjamin Netanyahu? Plus new nonsense on Benghazi, and Meet the Press presents a discussion on affirmative action with mostly conservative white guys–showing media’s need for some affirmative action of their own.

Apr
29
2014

Netanyahu on Iran (This Time Without the Cartoon Bomb)

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With peace talks on hold, Israeli prime minister is back on US television talking about Iran’s supposed nuclear threat. Good thing for him his claims are so rarely challenged.

Mar
11
2014

What if NYT Factchecked Netanyahu’s Claims?

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If the New York Times pointed out that Israel was making debunkable claims about Iranian weapons programs, it might make readers less inclined to accept Israel’s unverifiable claims about Iranian weapons shipments.

Nov
22
2013

Peculiarly Oriental Iranians

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But the idea that Iranians are inherently more suspicious is widespread. Time magazine’s Karl Vick wrote a piece for the Time website that asserted that “Iranians are masters of what has been termed ‘Oriental indirection.'”

Nov
11
2013

Who’s an Iran Expert? The Hawks Have Their Say

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The Iran nuclear negotiations had the Sunday shows talking–but who are they talking to? And do they know what they’re talking about?

Oct
01
2013

Anonymous Israeli Official Tells Post: You Can’t Trust Persians

Bazaar in Shiraz, Iran (cc photo: Johannes Zielcke)

Today the Washington Post (10/1/13) has a piece about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased with the thaw in US/Iran relations. That’s not surprising. But I was a little surprised that reporters David Nakamura and William Booth allowed this: Israeli leaders fear that the international community, and the United States in particular, is in danger of being duped by the Iranians. One official compared the Americans to tourists wandering into a Middle East bazaar. “The Persians have been using these tactics for thousands of years, before America came to be,” said a senior Israeli official, who spoke […]