Journalists, academics and the public look to human rights groups for guidance in assigning responsibility for the violence and misery inflicted on civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But objective information is not what they get.
Adam Shatz cheerleads for Hamas in his recent piece in The London Review of Books. Israel is blamed for the November flare up and Hamas is adjudged the victor.
The Palestinians undermined the peace process by rejecting negotiations and going to the UN for statehood affirmation. Israel then announced plans to build in area E-1. NPR found fault only with Israel.
Alarm over reports that the Syrian regime is preparing to use chemical weapons offers an opportunity to provide some clarity about what lies at the core of the Middle East's instability.
In Operation Pillar of Defense, some media, relying on Palestinian sources, exaggerate the proportion of civilian casualties in Gaza. They give less weight to Israeli figures and ignore the fact that 2 out of 3 fatalities are men between ages 18-40.
Some in the media are fixated on blaming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for whatever goes wrong in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A popular narrative in the media contends that the Palestinian Authority has been exemplary in its cooperation with Israel, while Israel and Jewish settlers are responsible for the stalled peace process.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston hosts a week-long Palestine Film Series. Despite societal transformation overturning the Arab world, the museum remains fixated on the Palestinians.
The media was all too willing to run with the dubious story that an Israeli-American named Sam Bacile backed by one hundred Jewish donors was behind the film that sparked outrage in the Muslim world.