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Posted on: July 21st, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Of the taking of polls there is no end, particularly in a presidential election year. Although it's considered the better part of wisdom to feign at least a healthy disregard, if not an active disdain, for the preponderance of polling, the truth is that political junkies couldn't live without a steady dose of polls.
Posted on: July 14th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
It's been two years since we last checked in with Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, editor-in-chief of JewishWorldReview.com - two years during which he's added new columnists, broken important stories, and seen JWR finish first in two "favorite website" polls of Monitor readers.
Posted on: June 30th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
How obsessed has The New York Times been with Abu Ghraib? Between May 1 and May 27 the paper featured the prisoner abuse scandal on its front page virtually without letup and almost always above the fold.
Posted on: June 23rd, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Kerry Would Follow Powell: Once again the John Kerry presidential campaign has provided a disquieting glimpse into the kind of thinking that to Democrats equals strong support for Israel. Appearing over the weekend on CNN's "Capital Gang," senior Kerry campaign adviser Tad Devine stated that "the difference" between Kerry and President Bush regarding the Israeli-Palestinian imbroglio "is understood very clearly. When Bush became president of the United States, he turned his back on the Middle East peace process....Until we have a president who is capable of exercising presiden tial leadership...the United States will not be a player in the peace process."
Posted on: June 9th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Every so often the Monitor features media criticism by the sharp-eyed folks HonestReporting.com. This is one of those weeks. The following article from the HonestReporting website highlights a particularly egregious example of anti-Israel bias on the part of the Canadian Broadcasting Authority.
Posted on: June 2nd, 2004InDepth → Monitor
The media's anti-Bush, anti-Iraq war drumbeat shows no sign of letting up, certainly not with a presidential election just six months away. Here are some recent gems from our overpaid, overrated and allegedly objective newshounds as rounded up by the invaluable Media Research Center (www.mrc.org):
Posted on: May 26th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
"You can't ever make serious progress against terrorism unless you deal with Israel. We are not dealing with Israel. We've backed away. We're afraid of the political consequences."
Posted on: May 19th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Jews Force the Sacramento Turnverein to Cancel! That was the distress signal posted this week on the website of the International Revisionist Conference (IRC), a gathering that had been scheduled for the weekend of April 23-25 in Sacramento; was to be dedicated to the notorious Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel (described on the IRC website as a "prisoner of conscience" jailed by Canadian authorities "at the behest of the powerful and vindictive Holocaust Lobby" merely for "expressing his views on the second World War"); and promised to feature presentations by many of the world's foremost Holocaust deniers - Horst Mahler, Mark Weber, Bradley Smith - along with, shockingly, the Israel-based author and conspiracy theorist Barry Chamish. (More on Chamish later.)
Posted on: May 12th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Internet hoaxes are the bane of any editor's existence. Not a day goes by without the arrival of several e-mails breathlessly announcing either some horrible occurrence no sane person ever heard of, or some patently unbelievable piece of news -- unbelievable to persons who employ even the slightest bit of common sense, that is.
Posted on: May 5th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
The New York Times never sleeps when it comes to trying to shape the news to fit its all-too-transparent agenda. Reader Tom Furst shared this cogent observation with the Monitor:
Posted on: April 28th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
So it appears the allegations - many of them made by former colleagues - were spot on after all. Jack Kelley, at one time USA Today's star reporter, had this rather unfortunate habit of fabricating events and, apparently, entire stories.
Posted on: April 21st, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Due to unavoidable circum-stances at deadline time, the Monitor turns the stage over this week to highlights of HonestReporting.com's analysis of the early media reaction to the killing by Israel of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin:
Posted on: April 14th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Another week another clip file bulging with fresh examples of the media's accelerating campaign in support of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. In fact it's difficult to recall a presidential race where the media's liberal spin was both so blatant and so early in coming.
Posted on: April 14th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Another week, another clip file bulging with fresh examples of the media's accelerating campaign in support of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. In fact, it's difficult to recall a presidential race where the media's liberal spin was both so blatant and so early in coming.
Posted on: April 7th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
The Democrats and their lapdogs in the news media really do expect George W. Bush to campaign for reelection with one hand - possibly both hands - tied behind his back. Witness the largely media-manufactured outrage over the Bush ads that dared make reference to 9/11 - only, after all, a watershed in American history and the signature event of the Bush presidency.
Posted on: March 31st, 2004InDepth → Monitor
It was just a couple of months ago that John Kerry told the Council on Foreign Relations of his inclination, should he win the White House, to appoint Jimmy Carter, James Baker or Bill Clinton as a Middle East peace process envoy.
Posted on: March 17th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Tom Friedman won over some previously skeptical readers in the months following the 9/11 attacks by advocating a tough line against Islamic extremists and, to the dismay of his fellow liberals, supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Posted on: March 10th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Dave Love of Sunburst Kosher Tours had a look of unmistakable disgust on his face as he handed the Monitor a copy of Heeb magazine. "Can you believe this garbage?" he asked, referring both to the publication's content and some of the sponsors listed on its masthead.
Posted on: March 3rd, 2004InDepth → Monitor
Gleanings from the web on the matter of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD), more precisely whether there were any to begin with: TimesWatch.org examined The New York Times's Jan. 28 front-page story on the findings of former WMD inspector David Kay and, not surprisingly, found the paper of record doing spin instead of news:
Posted on: February 18th, 2004InDepth → Monitor
"After a quick prayer, Avi Shapiro and 12 other Jewish settlers put on their religious skullcaps, grabbed their semi-automatic rifles and headed toward Highway 60.... As they crouched in a ditch beside the road, Shapiro, the leader of the group, gave the settlers orders: Surround any taxi, "open fire," and kill as many of the "blood-sucking Arab" passengers as possible. "We are doing what [Israeli Prime Minister] Sharon promised but has failed to do: drive these sons of Arab whores from the land of Israel," said Shapiro, 42, who moved here with his wife and four children three years ago from Brooklyn. "If he won't get rid of the Muslim filth, we will.""
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