Linda F. Burghardt is a New York-based journalist and author who has contributed commentary, breaking news, and features to major newspapers across the U.S., in addition to having three non-fiction books published. She writes frequently on Jewish topics and is now serving as Scholar-in-Residence at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.
Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Marda Dunsky, a journalist and a scholar, deconstructs the work of more than two dozen media outlets, both print and broadcast, that have disseminated news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and spread the story around the world, influencing public opinion and creating a view she considers biased. Those who have reported on the conflict, she feels, have failed to discuss the effect of U.S. policy on the conflict itself, and, in her view, policymakers in Washington set the premises and the news media simply follow along. She believes the media have an implicit obligation to challenge these assumptions, and that they routinely fail to do so. The result is a significant pro-Israel bias in American media reports about the dispute, and a perpetuation of the stereotypes that continue to shape and define the issue. Dunsky has extensive experience covering the Middle East as an Arab affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post, and her writing is perceptive and her arguments insightful, though one could dispute the empirical evidence on which she builds her case. The work covers the period from the unsuccessful Camp David summit in 2000 through the 2004 Palestinian uprising. Index, notes.
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