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Spinning the death penalty in Iran into a good news story

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:15pm
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Sometimes you read a news story. There’s no one element that is necessarily false, but the whole story is so misleading, that it isn’t news, but propaganda. Or, to put it more bluntly, it is a lie.

If someone would read today’s front page story

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Cutting through the BDS BS

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:16am
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Previously we noted that the New York Times has a tendency to play up the successes of the BDS movement and to play down the true nature of the BDS movement.

The New York Times has since carried two more articles about BDS; one in...

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NY Times plays Sympathy for the BDS

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 1:43pm
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Professor Jacobson made a very good point last week:

The BDS movement presents little real threat to Israel currently, while the European governments do present a potential threat, but it is a diplomatic,...

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NY Times condemns anti-academic boycott legislation, but not academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:52am
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An editorial in the NY Times condemns anti-academic boycott legislation, but not the anti-Israel academic boycotts themselves.  That legislation was passed by the NY State Senate and is pending in the Assembly (although the status in the Assembly

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Intense vetting of Chris Christie will make him a stronger candidate, if he survives it (Update: Vetting or Vendetta?)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:59am
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Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has noticed the obvious — The NY Times is devoting enormous resources to going after Chris Christie.

The Times has found its mark, and now just needs actual news and actual wrongdoing to take him out. As Drum describes it, No Smoking Guns Yet, But the Noose...

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Freed Palestinian “Hero” Terrorist Boasts of his Murders

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:59am
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On American TV, a show called “Lovers’ Tales,” would likely be a romantic comedy. On Ma’an, the independent Palestinian television network, it is a weekly show interviewing freed prisoners.

This week Palestinian Media Watch reports on the interview of one Issa Abd Rabbo.

Until his release, Issa Abd Rabbo was serving two life...

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Media Meme – Chris Christie no longer refreshingly blunt, now just a bully

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:07pm
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This is how they do it, do it.

Build up Chris Christie as the refreshingly moderate, blunt talking, cure-all for the “extremist” wing of the Republican Party.

Then tear him down, down, down.

From the NY Times on Christmas Eve, Stories Add Up as Bully Image Trails Christie:

It was the governor’s penchant for confrontation...

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Hard Choices for Israel; Soft Treatment for the PA

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 9:17am
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John Kerry is returning to the Middle East to present his peace plan.

Two recent articles show the way the peace process is misrepresented in the media.

The AP reports Israel, Palestinians Face Hard Choices.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would likely have to recognize Israel’s pre-1967 war frontier as the starting point for...

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NY Times Doubles Down on Benghazi Story

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:00am
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Professor Jacobson has already offered a critique of the investigative story by  the New York Times regarding the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

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NY Times: What difference at this point does Benghazi make? (Update – Confirmation Bias?)

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 1:38pm
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The NY Times published a lengthy account of the Benghazi attack that is being hyped as exonerating the Obama administration (and of course, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton), but in fact the report does nothing of the sort.

The main thrust of the spin is that it was the video after all, a...

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The Predictable Iranian Walkout Theatrics

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:33am
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I was right.

I wrote that the previous agreement between the West and Iran should be used as a model for predicting how the ongoing P5 + 1 negotiations will go.

Specifically,

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Israeli Development Plan for Bedouins Draws Misinformation Campaign

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 12:00pm
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Currently new political attacks against Israel are crystallizing around the Begin plan. Former MK Benny Begin has written legislation to integrate the Bedouin into Israel society. Naturally there’s debate about the merits of the plan. Naturally, those opposed to it cast in light of institutional Israeli racism.

While acknowledging that the Bedouin...

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NY Times makes its peace with Iranian nuclear enrichment

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:42am
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Exceprts from two editorials, nine years apart, in the New York Times, presented with no additional commentary.

Iran’s Nuclear Threat – The New York Times – October 22, 2004

What is critical is for the winner of the presidential race, and for the three European nations,...

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For our Iran nuke deal negotiator, there’s no business, like failed business

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00am
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In an article about Wendy Sherman, the administration’s chief nuclear negotiator, Politics and a Ruptured Tendon Don’t Faze Lead Iran Negotiator, the NY Times reports sympathetically, even while indicting her.

Along the way, Ms. Sherman was the State Department’s chief strategist in dealing with the North Korean nuclear program. It was a...

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