Mediocre Media Contributor Yisrael Medad in Jerusalem PostSave this online in Del.icio.us. [?] Vote For this Post
Frequent Mediocre Media contributor Yisrael Medad has had an op-ed published in yesterday's Jerusalem Post, concerning the poor quality of journalism exhibited in much of Israel's media. Yisrael asks: "Do Israel's Media Know Their Place?"
For four weeks this summer during the second Lebanon War, Israel's media provided consumers with more publicity and spin than hard news.
True electronic media consumers did not lack for breaking news. The three main television stations - Channels 1, 2 and 10 - all provided live continuous coverage of the war.
Then Yisrael gets to the heart of the matter:
With the war over, however, recriminations are being openly voiced about media partisanship and recklessness. Letters to the editor columns are full of complaints about how the media handled itself. Oversight authorities have received hundreds of complaints from consumers about television coverage particularly.It seems that media, no matter where they are, or what country they're from, make an effort to put their country's troops in danger. For them, it's a very simple equation: higher casualties sooner means more pressure to end hostilities. Conclusion: let's help increase the casualty count. The New York Times expose on the weak points in American troops' body armour comes to mind...
People are mostly angry that television stations seemingly provided information that could have been helpful to the enemy, and that too much time was spent airing personal opinions cloaked as news. I share many of these concerns.
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