Posted tagged ‘journalism’

Israel’s Violation of Press Access “Unprecedented”

January 6, 2009

as a much more somber follow-up to the post below…

This article from today’s NYTimes explains Israel’s admitted censorship of free press in Gaza since its invasion of the occupied territory, which has almost completely shut out international press from the areas in and surrounding the war zone, while practically offering guided tours of every uninhabited piece of dirt in Southern Israel that has fallen victim to a Hamas rocket. 

The Foreign Press Association of Israel has summed up the shut-out by stating that “the unprecedented denial of access to Gaza for the world’s media amounts to a severe violation of press freedom and puts the state of Israel in the company of a handful of regimes around the world which regularly keep journalists from doing their jobs.”

And what is the job of journalists?  To report the news, to expose the truth, to inform a public that needs to make informed decisions.  These restrictive practices only serve to point the compass of public opinion towards the conclusion that exposing the truth and informing the public may not be in Israel’s best interests after all.

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This accompanying blog article on the NYTimes website offers a cursory glance into the extremely well-planned PR campaign Israel has been implementing — pretty interesting.

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New York Times – BILLARY BROWN NOSER

February 29, 2008

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Hey NYT, what’s it like up BILLARY’S ass? They should know, theyve spent so much God damn time there lately.  I generally like to browse through the Times every day, but their constant pro-BILLARY editorials are really starting to piss me off.  First of all, I don’t think a newspaper should pubish an editorial exlaining its own support of a candidate in the first place, as the NYT did.  But I thought that after that opinion was expressed, theyd go back to what theyre actually sposed to be reporting — the NEWS.  Every other day I read another buttkissing Billary Op-Ed written under the guise of neutrality, and I think it’s a major blow to the paper’s rep.  This recent article was written by a supposed Republican who hates everything Clinton, but quickly turns into an explanation of why she is the best chance democrats have at reclaiming the White House.  Oh, but he still thinks Obama is a great guy, because he can make dumb college kids interested in politics.  Thanks for throwing us that bone, NYT.  Hillary is the better candidate, but Obama is one hip mamma-jamma!  That is propaganda on a platter, people.

It’s fine to have an opinion…but I prefer to read about them in blogs, not my daily newspaper. I expressed my displeasure by pissing on their comment wall, but they didnt rejected my comment! 

Oh, it’s on now.