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If Stephanie Gutmann’s The Other War did not provide enough proof that what the media believe they “witness” in war isn’t always accurate in perception, this article again sheds light on the topic.

Less adrenaline, testosterone, ego and ambition — and more facts — could prevent the media from being accessories rather than witnesses.

by Russell Gordon at 2008-03-06 20:07:54 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Belgrade , Serbia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

That type of spin only serves one purpose, to minimize the suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of a ruthless and brutal occupation.

by Amro Hamzawi | 06 Mar 2008 20:03 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
The spin is yours, Mr. Hamzawi. The Palestinian leadership/factions, and Hezbollah, like the ethnocentric Islamist regime of Izetbegovic in Bosnia, which the fawning press dubbed “Bosnian Government,” were the masters of image manipulation and manipulative diplomacy. This article, and Gutmann’s book, well document this tried and true tactic. Your simplistic rebuttal, as well as these tactics, rely of the tendency of the public, and press, to not dig too deep, but to rely on dramatic first impressions, and short life span of the news. But not all are so simplistic, or easily deceived.

I recommend the following books on this subject, though mostly on the Balkan theatre:

1) Media Cleansing Dirty Reporting: Journalism and Tragedy in Yugoslavia, Peter Brock
2) The First Casualty: From Crimea to Kosovo –The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist and Myth Maker, Phillip Knightly
3) Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis, Phillip Hammond
4) Liar’s Poker: The Great Powers, Yugoslavia, and the Wars of the Future, Michel Collon
5) Fool’s Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO and Western Delusions, Diana Johnstone
6) The Captive Press, Ted Galen Carpenter
7) War of Words, Danielle Sremac
8) Offensive in the Balkans, Yossef Bodansky
9) Some Call it Peace, Yossef Bodansky
10) The Other War, Stephanie Gutmann
11) Trusted Mole, Milos Stankovic

Touche’, Amro.

by Russell Gordon | 06 Mar 2008 23:03 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
And I recommend the following, more directly relevant to the country you were initially talking about.

1) Pity the Nation, Robert Fisk
2) The Great War for Civilization, Robert Fisk

Fisk won a Jacob’s Award for his RTÉ Radio coverage of the first Gulf War, received Amnesty International UK Press Awards in 1998 for his reports from Algeria and again in 2000 for his articles on the NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999. He also received the British Press Awards’ International Journalist of the Year seven times, and twice won its “Reporter of the Year” award. More recently, Fisk was awarded the 2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.

by Amro Hamzawi | 10 Mar 2008 07:03 (ed. Mar 10 2008) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→

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