Posts by David Gerstman  (Page 26)
 

Mideast Media Sampler 03/24/2013 – Not half bad Thomas

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Posted by    Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 11:15am 3/24/2013 at 11:15am

1) The apology

The Washington Post reported Obama ends Israel visit by brokering end to dispute with Turkey:


Prodded by President Obama, Israel and Turkey agreed Friday to end a three-year rift caused by a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish ship bound for Gaza, a rapprochement urgently sought by the United...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/22/2013 – Does PA stand for Passive Aggressive?

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Posted by    Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:00am 3/22/2013 at 10:00am

1) The President talks to the Israeli people

Barry Rubin summarizes President Obama’s message to the young people of Israel whom he addressed at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem yesterday.

First: Obama’s big theme is that — and I’m not being satirical here — peace is good. He tried to make the...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/21/2013 – Obama in Israel, can you feel the spin tonight?

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Posted by    Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:51am 3/21/2013 at 9:51am

1) Barack and Bibi

The Algemeiner has transcripts of President Obama’s and PM Netanayahu’s remarks at their joint press conference yesterday.

Writing in Tablet, Lee Smith covers the three issues that President Obama and PM Netanyau would be discussing: the Palestinians, Syria and Iran. (via memeorandum) However, Smith concludes:

As he has for the...

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Mideast Media Sampler – The anti-Zionist DNA of the New York Times

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:45am 3/20/2013 at 8:45am

The New York Times, the American Council for Judaism and Israel

Last year a former New York Times reporter, Neil Lewis wrote a defense of the New York Times’ coverage of Israel. (.pdf) Lewis writes of Arthur Hays Sulzberger:

Whatever complicated personal themes may have floated in Arthur Hays Sulzberger’s private seas can...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/19/2013

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:30am 3/19/2013 at 11:30am

1) Is there any hope left for Mideast honesty in the New York Times

A few people have pointed out that I missed an op-ed by Rashid Khalidi, Is Any Hope Left for Mideast Peace? One paragraph really stuck out.

Until 1991 most Palestinians, although under Israeli military occupation, could nonetheless travel freely....

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/18/2013

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Posted by    Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:45am 3/18/2013 at 8:45am

Cheerleading the Intifada

The New York Times has done it again. Less then two weeks after publishing an intellectual attack against Israel, it publishes an article glorifying physical attacks on Israel. The front page story of yesterday’s New York Times Magazine, Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start? by Ben Ehrenriech....

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/17/2013 – Dump on Thomas Friedman Day

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Posted by    Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:15pm 3/17/2013 at 1:15pm

1) When elephants crash land


Recently, I brought up an example of how Professor Barry Rubin handled a mistake. First he admitted it. Then he explained the forces involved. His behavior showed a few things.

1) He is serious about what he has written.

2) He respects his audience’s intelligence.

Neither of these qualities can...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/15/2013

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Posted by    Friday, March 15, 2013 at 9:02am 3/15/2013 at 9:02am

1) Why is this debate a virtue?

Yesterday, I wrote about Joseph Levine’s outrageous article at the New York Times arguing that Israel is not a legitimate secular democratic state.

At the Daily Beast, Ralph Seliger writes:

I think it’s odd that we should still be arguing the rights and wrongs of “Zionism” nearly...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/14/2013

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Posted by    Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00am 3/14/2013 at 11:00am

The Ranting of Levine

Last week the New York Times published an essay by a philosophy professor, James Levine On Questioning the Jewish State. I won’t quote from the ess...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/13/2013

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:15am 3/13/2013 at 9:15am

1) Being a reporter means never having to say you’re sorry

The New York Times has reported on the UN report that raised doubts about the death of Omar Masharawi.

Isabel Kershner wrote

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/12/2013

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:35am 3/12/2013 at 10:35am

Mendacious Max Beyond Iron Dome

Max Fisher, the blogger for the Washington Post who publicized the picture of Jihad Mishrawi has now responded to a new United Nations report that concluded that the rocket that killed Mishrawi’s son was likely fired by Hamas. Originally he was reticent to follow up with the...

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Thomas Friedman, last of a vanishing breed?

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Posted by    Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2:00pm 3/11/2013 at 2:00pm

When I first saw this, I was surprised.

I hadn’t heard about this before.

Specialty environmental reporting is going the way of the dodo. The New York Times and Washington Post are reducing their environmental only reportage. However in all this turmoil, there’s one intrepid columnist, Thomas Friedman, who persists...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/11/2013

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Posted by    Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:30am 3/11/2013 at 8:30am

1) More fallout over the Samira Ibrahim selection

Robert Mackey has established himself as an anti-Israel activist.

Following last week’s revelation that Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim had been making antisemitic and anti-American comments, Mackey was back in business. He asked, Samuel Tadros, the scholar who h...

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The statist impulse at the Washington Post

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Posted by    Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:00pm 3/9/2013 at 1:00pm

In late February, the Washington Post ran an editorial Solution Politics in Virginia that began:

IN VIRGINIA, A REPUBLICAN governor and a GOP-dominated legisl...

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“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it” part 3,031,469

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Posted by    Friday, March 8, 2013 at 4:30pm 3/8/2013 at 4:30pm

February 21, 2013 Insurer with NY’s ‘worst’ record of complaints gets $340M Obamacare loan (via Instapundit)

A health insurance company headed by an old friend from when President Obama was an Illinois state senator got a $340 million federal loan to establish Obamacare co-ops in New York, New Jersey and Oregon...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/08/2013

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Posted by    Friday, March 8, 2013 at 8:15am 3/8/2013 at 8:15am

The state of the Secretaries of State

One of John Kerry’s first acts in office as Secretary of State was a good one. Lee Smith writes in John Kerry Roasts Turkey:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not a man who minces words. He has called Israel a “terrorist state” and has...

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Mideast Media Sampler 03/07/2013

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Posted by    Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:00am 3/7/2013 at 10:00am

Those “apartheid” buses

A number of British publications recently featured articles about some new Israeli bus lines devoted to transporting Arab residents of Judea and Samaria into Israel. These publications have outrageously called the buses, “apartheid” buses.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus lays out some of the background (and much more):

First of all, all Israeli...

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