Reporting the Middle East, in the West...
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Was the prophet Muhammad a pervert and a tyrant?
“In order to solve the world’s problems, we must continue to have serious debates,” a CNN correspondent says emphatically during a glitzy promotional spot , aired endlessly on the network. But when it comes to Israel’s wars, CNN has also proven that its correspondents and editors reserve the right to reduce or withhold serious discussion and questions of accountability from the interviews it broadcasts.
The mainstream Media...
I hardly ever watch network news, but I happened to stumble across this appalling report on NBC's "Rock Center" last night.
On Listening Post this week: Beating the drum for war - the US media and 'The Iranian Threat'. Plus, the burgeoning media scene in post-revolutionary Libya.
Please note: IPS Right Web neither represents nor endorses any of the individuals or groups profiled on this site. Founded in 1998 “to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East,” MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) claims to be an “independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit” organization.
I’m told that MEMRI, which has its origins in Israeli military intelligence , has put out a statement doubting that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ever issued a fatwa forbidding nuclear weapons. (MEMRI claims to be a 501(c)3 non-profit but is actually an effort to cherry-pick Middle Eastern news to present the most negative face of the Arab world to Americans so as to prejudice them in favor of Israel; in this case it is just doing propaganda). A Reddit.com contributor has effectively answered this piece of disinformation .
For some time now, I have been receiving small gifts from a generous institute in the United States.
The tragic death of Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin, two celebrated American reporters in chaotic Syria last month, has generated due tributes from colleagues and readers who admired their Middle East coverage over more than two decades.
Many in the media have long since repudiated their failures in the lead-up to the Iraq War, acknowledging that they were too quick to accept the false notion that Iraq possessed a sizable and dangerous cache of weapons of mass destruction. The question today is whether they have learned from those mistakes. The media's self-reflection began as early as May of 2004, little more than a year after the conflict began, when The New York Times editorial board reflected on the paper's coverage of the war and stated that they "found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been."