Propaganda and War

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Coverage of Israel-Lebanon conflict straddles a false "balance beam"

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"I think at the moment, the American press is attempting to be scrupulously balanced -X number of bombs here, X number of rockets there.... But when you look at the death tolls, you have to ask why is the balance so scrupulous?"

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A secret the media kept

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Toward the end of 1979, hundreds of American and Canadian journalists and news organizations got hold of a dynamite news story that would have made personal reputations and careers and sent circulation or broadcast ratings soaring.

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Bloggers blocked after Mumbai blasts

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India's fast-growing community of 'bloggers' and Internet users was in for a rude shock when it found favourite sites blocked out in the wake of the serial blasts in crowded trains that killed 200 commuters in the western port city of Mumbai, last week.

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News outlets fail to report Lebanese death tolls

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If you don't think there's a difference on how the U.S. media cover the warring sides, then try to imagine what the press coverage would have looked like yesterday if 50 Israeli citizens had been killed by the missiles that hit Haifa.

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New York Times tells a whopper about legality and morality of Israel’s actions

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The lead editorial for The New York Times on July 15 was entitled “Playing Hamas’s Game,” and it told a whopper.

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Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans

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Snow is obviously annoyed with the fact that select media outlets continue to report the increasing violence, ongoing deaths of Iraqi civilians and US soldiers, and that the country is, at this point, essentially as devastated as it was when Hulagu Khan's Mongols sacked Baghdad 748 years ago.

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Seeking journalistic courage in Washington, D.C.

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Journalistic courage should include the refusal to publish in a newspaper or carry on a TV or radio news show any statements made by the President or any other government official that are designed solely as a public relations tool, offering no new or valuable information to the public.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey