Extra! Update October 1997

    Diana Mania

    As of this writing, it’s still unclear which factors were most responsible for the deaths of Diana Spencer--Intoxication? Excessive speed? Poor highway design? But in the days after the Paris crash, the spotlight was focused most intently on the paparazzi and the tabloids. There's no doubt that celebrity-stalking photographers engage in obnoxious, invasive and sometimes illegal behavior, and their alleged reckless pursuit may have contributed to the August 29 car wreck. Or that tabloid newspapers distill the worst impulses in journalism into a portable package. But there was more than a little hypocrisy in the mainstream media’s attacks on the ...


    Remember All the Victims of Violence

    After suicide bombers killed four people in a Jerusalem shopping district, the New York Times ran an elaborate chart as part of its coverage: "Making War on Israelis: A Deadly Rhythm Since Arab Autonomy." The chart featured a time line marking each fatal attack on Israeli civilians since the Cairo Agreement established the Palestinian Authority in May 1994, along with dozens of circles representing the Israeli victims of terror. The message of the graphic was clear--and wrong. Looking at the chart, there is no way to tell that Palestinians, too, are often victims of violence in Israel and the Occupied ...