Nov 11 2015

‘Google This’ Is Good Advice From Netanyahu, Since NYT Won’t Check His Claims for You


The New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis relayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims without question–even when Netanyahu himself urged listeners to check up on his assertions:

Nov 06 2015

‘The Occupation Doesn’t Stop’

CounterSpin interview with Yousef Munayyer on violence in Israel/Palestine

Yousef Munayyer (image: RT)

“What’s missing is what happens in between and always, and that is the status quo of military occupation, which is itself a system of violence.”

Oct 30 2015

Kimberle Crenshaw on School Assault, Yousef Munayyer on Israel/Palestine Narratives

Sheriff deputy Ben Fields body-slamming a 16-year-old student at Spring Valley High School, Columbia S.C. (YouTube)

Many people were outraged by video evidence of a police officer violently assaulting a young black woman in her classroom—an incident that highlights the marginalization of black girls and women in conversations about state violence.

Oct 14 2015

Washington Post Reduces Palestinian Victims to a Word Problem

The death of Fadi Alloun

To focus on the violence done to Israelis by Palestinians to the near exclusion of Israeli violence against Palestinians is a grotesque distortion of journalism.

Sep 30 2015

Marginalizing the Momentum of the BDS Movement

New York Times story on BDS

When the New York Times pays attention to BDS, coverage doesn’t focus on the role of the movement in the struggle for Palestinian rights, but instead amplifies critics of BDS and focuses on charges that the movement is a form of antisemitism.

Jan 01 2015

SoundBites January/February 2015

Elizabeth Warren, Antonio Weiss

Making ‘Torture’ Impossible When the Washington Post (12/9/14) described on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the treatment of prisoners at CIA “black sites,” it said it documented “harsh interrogation measures,” “painful procedures” and even “seemingly arbitrary violence.” But what it didn’t say was that this treatment was “torture”—except when saying it was “deemed torture by program critics including President Obama.” And that was no accident. In a Post story (12/9/14) about the “old debate” about torture terminology, Philip Bump quotes the justification Cameron Barr (then national security editor, now national editor) gave to Brian Stelter (7/2/10) in 2010: “After […]

Oct 10 2014

Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu’s Side

By law, they're Israeli colonies, but NPR's guest calls them 'neighborhoods'

Gilo, occupied West Bank (cc photo: Justin McIntosh/Wikimedia)

NPR’s Morning Edition takes a look at Israeli prime minister’s misleading rhetoric about settlement expansion–but their only guest is an Israeli writer who agrees with him.

Jul 25 2014

Alex Kane on US Weapons in Gaza; Jamie Kalven on Police Abuse Records

Chicago arrest (cc photo: Matt Novak)

The US press doesn’t talk much about where Israel gets its weapons–or other aspects of the US role in the Gaza conflict. And a recent legal victory in Chicago could help expose police brutality in poor communities of color.