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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant study..., 6 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Bad News From Israel (Paperback)
This is one of my favourite books, not only because it helped my through under- and post-graduate academia, but also because of its rarity value as an academic book that is eminently readable and accessible.

This book exposes the moral and informational bankruptcy of modern news values. This is no scattergun attack on corporate media a-la Michael Moore. This is a reasoned empirical study of how modern news values distort what view verifiable facts there are in an ongoing conflict.

Far from there being an anti-Israeli bias at the BBC, a charge regularly levelled at 'Auntie', editorial judgements at this notionally public service institution, amongst many others, consistently portrayed the Israelis as perpetual victims and the Palestinians as perpetual perpetrators during the period of study, leading to erroneous public understanding of events in the conflict.

I hope there will be a follow up to see whether these biases, unwitting or otherwise, still exist.
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