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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 2 edition (8 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745329780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745329789
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This superb study ... is extensive in scope, and scrupulously fair. It will be a landmark. (Edward S. Herman, co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent)

[The book] covers a lot of ground in a clear and readable manner and is particularly good at airing different views about the Arab-Israeli conflict. (Professor Avi Shlaim, St Antony's College, University of Oxford)

Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often dangerously superficial. Bad News from Israel is a strong contribution to scholarship and public debate. (John D.H. Downing, Director, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University)

Just about everything that we know about Israel/Palestine comes to us from our television screens. Bad News from Israel reveals remarkable levels of ignorance about what and why things are as they are. What's more, the analysis offered here strongly suggests that the media are intimately linked to the perpetuation of this unhappy situation. (Professor Frank Webster, City University, London)

A remarkable book. (Professor Lucrecia Escudero Chauvel, Université de Lille III and Paris VIII)

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Greg Philo is a Professor at Glasgow University, and Research Director of the Glasgow Media Group. He is the author with Mike Berry of More Bad News from Israel (Pluto, 2011).

Mike Berry is Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham and, with Greg Philo, is the author of Israel and Palestine: Competing Histories (Pluto, 2006) and Bad News from Israel (Pluto, 2004).

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By hilary on 10 July 2011
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Philo and Berry's study of how the media reports on Israel and the Palestinians is essential reading for anyone interested in journalism or international justice. It bears comparison to 'Flat Earth News' by Nick "first investigated on NOTW phone hacking" Davies which also shone a spotlight on the day to day realities of the newsroom and the structural pressures that lead to media bias and misinformation.

Grounding the study in its historical context - as so little reporting on the situation does - provides a firm foundation on which to carry out an informed examination of what audiences are being fed, how they understand and interpret it and ultimately, albeit at a few degrees of remove, why the resulting skewed narratives are prolonging the suffering of millions.

Much has been said and written about Israel's sophisticated and relentless public relations machine - and rightly so - but, uniquely, this book actually sets out statistically the effect of these efforts on audiences' viewpoints using qualitative and quantitative research. Small sins of omission by journalists who just want to avoid hassle (rather than being biased either way) and so neglect to mention one side's perspective on a certain point are, in the last analysis, not telling the whole truth to the public they should serve.

The hopefulness implicit in the title of US website 'If Americans Knew' which set itself a similar task of highlighting the flaws in reporting around Israel and Palestine, is also inherent in Philo's project. Underlying both is the belief that most people are not apathetic, irrational or callous, but misguided and poorly informed. Ironic in an era of mass-media and information overload.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 14 Sept. 2011
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This excellent book is an expanded and updated edition of Bad news from Israel, published in 2004. The authors ask that the media give an accurate account of the perspectives of both sides to the conflict.

Presently, both BBC and ITV tend to present the Israeli version of events as fact, while the Palestinians have only `claims' or `beliefs'. The Israelis are swift to supply the media with clear consistent accounts. They blame the Palestinians for starting the conflict and assert that Israel merely `responds' to Palestinian violence, so any casualties are really the Palestinians' own fault. By contrast, the media never give a clear account of the Palestinian case.

The authors analyse how the TV news bulletins described the conflict's causes, the casualties and the motives of the contending parties. They found that the bulletins gave little background to the conflict's causes. So even in 2009, two-thirds of the sample of British social science students still did not know who was occupying the occupied territories. The authors also study how people received the news.

The new sections of the book take the history of the conflict on from the first edition: Hamas wins the Palestinian elections, the 2006 Lebanon war, Hamas takes control of Gaza, the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the 2008-09 Gaza war, the Goldstone report, the second Netanyahu administration and Israel's 2010 attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. There are also new chapters on the news content and competing explanations of the Gaza war, the audience understanding of the conflict and the Gaza attack, and the attack on the Gaza flotilla.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2011
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This meticulously researched book by Greg Philo & Mike Berry begins with an extensive and enlightening account of the contested histories of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Later, there is a brilliant analysis of the BBC/ITV news coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza during 2008/2009 which reveals a clear pro-Israeli bias. The Israeli explanation for the war on Gaza was largely accepted by BBC news programmes with Israeli spokespersons immediately on hand to put their case. One BBC insider has said: "The Israeli ambassador was practically camped at TV centre".
Interviews with highly educated members of focus groups showed that many believed that Palestinians are the occupiers and few were aware that Hamas had been democratically elected.
Such widespread ignorance will continue until news programmes present a more balanced picture of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 25 Jun. 2011
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This is a tremendous book and ought to be read by anyone who is interested in learning about the true situation in Palestine and Israel, and it ought to be a must read for those who want to take up journalism.
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9 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Joy Wolfe on 24 May 2011
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I am told that I am thanked for my help in this book
Strange as the first time I knew of its existence was when someone contacted me to tell me that
All I ever did when the first Bad News from israel was published was to ridicule its findings that the BBC in particular and the media in general is biased in favour of Israel. Anyone who knows me would know that i spend half my life providing evidence that the diametrical opposite is true, and I totally dissociate myself from this book or any suggestion that I helped Professor Philo
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