Jan
01
2001

Serial Exaggerators

Media's double standard on political lying

Throughout the presidential elections, mainstream media outlets were quick to charge Democratic candidate Al Gore with exaggerations: Whether he was talking about inventing the Internet, inspiring Love Story or discovering Love Canal, you just couldn't trust what Gore was saying. If you looked into these incidents, you found that in each case the media's exaggerations were worse than Gore's: It's largely true that he "took the initiative in creating the Internet" while in Congress, as he said (he never said he "invented" it); according to Love Story author Erich Segal, he did help inspire the book's male hero; and the […]

Jan
01
2001

Uprising Without Explanation

"The Palestinians began the latest protests with old-style demonstrations. Then they started shooting at Israeli towns. Now they are attacking settlements. It's not at all clear what the next step will be, but every step seems to get bloodier." -- "Into the War Zone," Time (12/4/00) In war--especially the kind of war that has now broken out between Israel and the Palestinians--each side has its reasons. Not all reasons are equally valid, but in journalism both sides must be told, context and balance provided, and ultimately the audience should decide. When Israel is asked to explain the 300 Palestinians (compared […]