Aug
01
2002

Euphemisms for Israeli Settlements Confuse Coverage

The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported in May (5/31/02) that the Israel Broadcasting Authority, at the behest of a member of the Israeli cabinet, has directed its editorial departments not to use the terms "settlers" or "settlements" on radio or TV. According to Ha'aretz, "it is not clear if the editors will obey the order." What does seem clear is that settlements--housing built on land illegally seized by Israel after the 1967 war--are such a contentious issue within Israel that the Israeli government would like to stop reporters from even saying the word. Nonetheless, the opinion pages of an Israeli paper […]

Aug
01
2002

Reporter Hears 'Adulation' for Bush, Not Threats Against Protesters

George W. Bush's June 14 commencement address at Ohio State University was a sign of a "revived" presidency, according to Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank (6/15/02). "Bush basked in the adulation of 55,000 people who treated him to waves of standing ovations in Ohio Stadium as he received an honorary doctorate," he wrote. "If there was a protest in the stadium, it was not visible to reporters." In contrast, Milbank reported, when Bush received an honorary degree last year from Yale University, "he was booed, heckled and greeted with a sea of protest signs." While acknowledging that Yale and Ohio […]