The differences between those in the media who support and those who oppose Israel have never been clearer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean readers and viewers have gotten a better picture of the current conflict with Hamas.
Although I don’t like to criticize my conservative colleagues in the media, talk-radio hosts and television analysts have created a dichotomy of good versus evil. In the 35 years since I arrived in Lebanon for Newsweek, I have tried to provide a more nuanced view than that.
Radio host Michael Medved promoted his viewpoint that Israel stood for all that is good and Hamas for all that is evil.… Seguir leyendo »
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the one who’s on center stage at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
All you had to see was the team photo with the Russian gold medal winners of the team figure skating event where he was the man in the center of the picture after the victory.
Much of the media still have failed to grasp exactly who Mr. Putin is. Instead, journalists make fun of the problems at the hotels, including poorly built bathrooms and undrinkable water. I won’t even touch NBC’s Bob Costas‘ ridiculous comment that Mr. Putin has been a “peacemaker” in Syria and Iran and his colleague Meredith Vieira’s offensive description about the end of the Soviet Union as “a bittersweet moment.”
Fortunately, a few news organizations have been spot on about Mr.… Seguir leyendo »
Some inconvenient truths have emerged recently for those who argue man is to blame for excessive global warming, but most of the media tended to shrug at these and other facts.
For example, temperatures throughout the world have remained relatively constant over the past 15 years. Also, the population of polar bears — the poster animals of climate disaster — has reportedly been growing in the Arctic.
Nevertheless, much of the media lined up in lockstep with the doomsayers as the United Nations‘ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its first report in six years, its fifth since 1988.
“Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped.… Seguir leyendo »
French journalist Yves Debay died in Aleppo. Yara Abbas, a reporter for Syrian television, was killed by a rebel sniper in Al-Qusayr. Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, a citizen-journalist working for a rebel website, died covering a battle near Syria’s border with Turkey.
The list of reporters killed in action in Syria’s civil war is a long one. In fact, Syria has become one of the deadliest conflicts in history for journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 50 reporters have died since the civil war started 2 1/2 years ago. The Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders, which includes citizen-journalists on its list of those who have died in Syria, puts the figure at 89 since 2011.… Seguir leyendo »
After more than a dozen death threats, longtime Egyptian journalist Mohamed Gohar decided he finally had to leave his Cairo home for Canada.
Mr. Gohar, 66, launched 25TV three years ago, employing more than 100 young protesters from Tahrir Square and training them as journalists. The 24-hour-a-day network, named after the Jan. 25, 2011, revolution that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak, became immensely popular because it focused on democracy and secularism, and stayed away from ties to the government and political parties.
But the network also got him into trouble. Mr. Gohar’s first run-in happened in 2011 when members of the military and the Muslim Brotherhood entered his offices near Tahrir Square after a number of Coptic Christians were killed nearby.… Seguir leyendo »
As the U.S. media have focused on the Syrian civil war and Iran’s elections, news organizations have failed to concentrate on what I consider a key player in the equation: Hezbollah, the Shiite militia.
Having covered both al Qaeda and Hezbollah, I think the U.S. news outlets have placed too much emphasis in recent months on the Sunni group, al Qaeda, helping the Syrian rebels rather than the role of Lebanon-based Hezbollah aiding the Syrian government.
The powerful axis of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah is far more potent in the Middle East than any other military and political grouping other than Israel.… Seguir leyendo »