Dreaming of a Dark Christmas (December 28, 2005)

Dreaming of a Dark Christmas December 28, 2005 Dear HonestReporting Canada subscriber: Every year at Christmas, journalists visit Bethlehem, interview the mayor, conduct person-in-the-street interviews, report on tourist activities and show religious festivities. Many of the resulting news reports implicate Israel for the economic, tourist, political and security problems that afflict the city. This year, […]

Putting Checkpoints in Context (December 5, 2005)

  Putting Checkpoints in Context See below: Globe and Mail Photo December 5, 2005   Dear HonestReporting Canada subscriber:   Two major Canadian news organizations recently shone a spotlight on Israel’s security checkpoints, without providing enough information for viewers to understand them in context. While the coverage showed Israelis with guns exerting authority over Palestinians, […]

CBC’s “CHECKPOINT”: A Barrier to Understanding (November 22, 2005)

CBC’s “CHECKPOINT”: A Barrier to Understanding November 22, 2005   What happens when a movie crew drops into a conflict zone for three years and produces an 80-minute, narrowly-focused documentary lacking context or narration? On November 20, CBC Newsworld presented the film “CHECKPOINT” on the documentary program “The Passionate Eye.” Shot between 2001 and 2003 by […]

CBC's "CHECKPOINT": A Barrier to Understanding (November 22, 2005)

CBC’s “CHECKPOINT”: A Barrier to Understanding November 22, 2005   What happens when a movie crew drops into a conflict zone for three years and produces an 80-minute, narrowly-focused documentary lacking context or narration? On November 20, CBC Newsworld presented the film “CHECKPOINT” on the documentary program “The Passionate Eye.” Shot between 2001 and 2003 by […]

CBC to Broadcast "CHECKPOINT” (November 17, 2005)

Program Alert: CBC to Broadcast “CHECKPOINT” November 17, 2005 Dear HonestReporting Canada subscriber: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s documentary program, The Passionate Eye, will broadcast the film CHECKPOINT this Sunday night. According to CBC’s Web site, “CHECKPOINT documents the daily events that constitute the microcosm known as the Israeli military roadblock over an extended period of […]

Manufacturing Dissent (November 8, 2005)

  Manufacturing Dissent   November 8, 2005   Dear HonestReporting Canada subscriber:   Advertising executive Fred R. Barnard was right when he coined the expression “one picture is worth a thousand words.” Images influence people more profoundly than text, a fact well-known to political activists who want to manipulate news coverage in their favour. Taking […]