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ISBN: 1893554945
Author: Stephanie Gutmann
Language: English
Publisher: Encounter Books; First Edition edition (September 27, 2005)
Pages: 287
Category: Humanities
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Gutmann spent part of her teenage years in Israel and the disputed territories with her psychologist father, who . I am not surprised that Israel is not faring well in this war. The other side is cheating

Gutmann spent part of her teenage years in Israel and the disputed territories with her psychologist father, who studies "cross-cultural features of aging. On returning to the . she fell in with the solidly anti-Israel "left. But in September 2000, Gutmann grew increasingly disturbed by inaccurate press portrayals of Israel as the next Tiananmen Square, where "Large Mechanized Brutes" converged on "Small Vulnerable. The other side is cheating. And the referees aren't taking them to task for it. Still, Israel has no choice but to maintain its standards and value truth.

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Since its founding, Israel has become legendary for winning wars waged against it by much larger armies. But those were "conventional" conflicts where uniformed soldiers fought on clearly delineated fronts, using tanks, aircraft and artillery. To understand why Israel has floundered on this new battlefield, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived in the Middle East as a teenager, returned to Jerusalem and the West Bank during the second intifada to observe modern news-gathering up close.

Stephanie Gutmann talked about her book The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the . The author also made the argument that, in this media war, she believes Israel has been consistently beaten by what she deems to be the more press-savvy Palestinians

Stephanie Gutmann talked about her book The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy, published by Encounter Books. The author also made the argument that, in this media war, she believes Israel has been consistently beaten by what she deems to be the more press-savvy Palestinians.

In The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy, veteran journalist Stephanie Gutmann provides careful documentation of the myriad ways in which the mainstream media coverage of the Middle East has been grossly compromised. Gutmann spent part of her teenage years in Israel and the disputed territories with her psychologist father, who studies 'cross-cultural features of aging.

To understand why Israel is losing the media war, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived . This book was released in 2005.

To understand why Israel is losing the media war, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived in the Middle East as a teenager, returned to Jerusalem and the war zones of the West Bank to observe up-close the modern news-gathering processes, which often resemble a digital bazaar where freelance photographers, camera crews and journalists offer their most dramatic stories and footage to the highest.

Gutmann also sharply criticizes Israeli (especially IDF) media relations .

book by Stephanie Gutmann. Since its founding, Israel has become legendary for winning wars waged against it by much larger armies. Gutmann also sharply criticizes Israeli (especially IDF) media relations efforts, which can charitably be described as "ham-handed. However, the IDF has been slower to improve communications, as recent events in Lebanon underscore.

Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy.

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Since its founding, Israel has become legendary for winning wars waged against it by much larger armies. But those were "conventional" conflicts where uniformed soldiers fought on clearly delineated fronts, using tanks, aircraft and artillery. Israel has not fared so well in the new wars of the twenty-first century, where key battles are fought on editorial pages and television screens, and especially on the internet, where photos from the combat zone can ricochet around the world minutes after being snapped. To understand why Israel has floundered on this new battlefield, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived in the Middle East as a teenager, returned to Jerusalem and the West Bank during the second intifada to observe modern news-gathering up close. In THE OTHER WAR she documents how regional political and military realities are dependent on a constantly shifting cast of international journalists on the prowl for "good pictures" (their motto: "if it bleeds, it leads") or career-making scoops, and sometimes guided by hardened anti-Israel ideology. In the midst of suicide bombings and armed response, Gutmann watched as the region and its people — Israeli and Palestinian alike — became cardboard cutouts in dramas predetermined by ratings-obsessed editors continents away. Gutmann introduces us to key players in the daily battles for headline supremacy: the mercenary freelance photographers who hawk their bloodiest pictures to the highest bidder; the TV "parachuters" who drop in on the unfolding Mideast tragedy to get their "face time" before flying off to the next international hotspot; the Palestinian Authority spinmeisters; the politically connected, media-savvy "fixers" whose translation services are not typically neutral. We also meet some of those in the trenches, people like Daniel Seaman, beleaguered director of Israel's Government Press Office; and Palestinian reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who endeavors to do comprehensive reporting about a regime, the Palestinian Authority, that often silences critics brutally. Traveling into the disputed territories herself, Gutmann reconstructs the battle for Jenin, the death of the teenage martyr Mohammed al-Dura, and other climactic moments in the struggle for the world's hearts and minds. We learn! from her absorbing insider's account that there is a reality in this region never touched by the international press corps, and that as in other wars, truth is indeed the first casualty.

Comments:

Granigrinn
This is not the only book about the BS that is modern, main stream media, but it is an eye-opener.
Flathan
I read this book a while back and it has truly stood the test of time as more media manipulations become apparent. The Al Dura section of the book is particularly relevant given the recent libel case tried and won in France...giving the public the freedom to finally dispute this hoax once and for all. The damage the mainstream media has done to Israel and hence to Jews all over the world, willfully and intentionally, is truly scary. However in a world of 24 hour news with demand for instant product...I wonder if the anti-semetic filter of today's journalist can be overcome? It does beg the question if the "news" is nothing more than propoganda anymore? I suppose we have to look to ourselves to be capable of sorting though all of this "news" and the filters and biases that come inherent in the message.
Brol
I couldn't put this down. It is about famous massacres that did not happen. The author has a literate yet contemporary voice and a sense of humor. She takes you to the exotic hangout of journalists at the American Colony hotel; inside Palestinian offices, families, and funerals; into the Israel Defense Forces; and into house-to-house combat. She is not only gutsy but also persistent. Not content to reveal ~ in evenhanded assessments ~ how unsound the reporting from the Middle East has been, she presses on and asks "Why?" She shows how reporters arrive in Jerusalem prepared to do battle, and how coercive and controlled their environment becomes. She even takes you into the Associated Press and Reuters ~ into their very inner workings. Every chapter is like the unravelling of a terrific mystery. It is a real page turner. Hats off to Gutmann for a terrific, exciting, courageous, and important book.
Phain
Veteran journalist Stephanie Gutmann here carefully documents myriad ways in which mainstream media Middle East coverage has been grossly compromised. Gutmann spent part of her teenage years in Israel and the disputed territories with her psychologist father, who studies "cross-cultural features of aging." On returning to the U.S. she fell in with the solidly anti-Israel "left."

But in September 2000, Gutmann grew increasingly disturbed by inaccurate press portrayals of Israel as the next Tiananmen Square, where "Large Mechanized Brutes" converged on "Small Vulnerable ... People." She knew from experience that Israel would never "countenance regular, systematic brutality against civilians, [or] produce soldiers capable of doing such a thing."

Thus in October 2000, she decamped to Jerusalem, where she found the foreign press almost universally pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel. In the habitual foreign reporter hang-out --- the American Colony Hotel --- many "on the other side of the Green Line, in East Jerusalem," cheerily announced anti-Zionist views --- and with them their inability to report complete or factual news. Generally, whatever Palestinian officials say, foreign reporters accept, without challenge. Whatever Israeli officials say, they ridicule as propaganda.

Take Mohammed Al Durrah, the Arab boy allegedly shot at Netzarim junction on Sept. 30, 2000. Rather than dig, deploy skepticism, or ask "difficult questions of both sides," Gutmann writes, pressmen considered but a single image, from one angle alone, by but one photographer. They also accepted "without skepticism, the photographer's explanation..." The icon thus created --- however false --- was used by Arab Muslim propagandists ever after. And after 9/11, even by bin Laden.

On this episode, Gutmann raises excellent questions, but missed or neglected many details suggesting that this case was completely false. As I have previously noted, many conflicting details demand skepticism. France 2 Jerusalem bureau chief Charles Enderlin refuses to release six minutes of videotape, despite a formal request from Israeli General Yom Tov Samia at a hearing many years back, and demands from French courts since. Gutmann lets Enderlin off the hook --- although since 2002, Israel Government Press Office (GPO) director Daniel Seaman said that Israel has considered the incident totally falsified, and has provided documentary prof thereof.

Even the highest French courts now agree that the incident did not occur as reported, although thus far Gutmann is the only journalist to have included this widely-reported fact in a book.

Gutmann targets many other press oversights, negligence and bad faith too. She painstakingly details mainstream media excuses for the premeditated October 12, 2000 lynching of Israeli Sergeants Vadim Nourezitz and Yosef Avrahami, who lost their way in Ramallah en route to their West Bank base.

The late ABC anchor Peter Jennings called it "another terrible day of fighting" before cutting to Gillian Findlay, who focused on Israeli responses, NOT the lynching --- and also without mention of exacting IDF efforts to bomb only empty buildings. Worse, the BBC seemed to justify the killings. It implied that the two lost IDF soldiers were actually spies. On Nightline, Ted Koppel juxtaposed a journalist who had "covered" Al Durrah with Nasser Atta, who witnessed the lynching. But Gutmann notes that Koppel ignored Atta's on-air report of Palestinians beating his cameraman for their attempts to film the murders. Koppel refocused on Palestinian "suffering," Gutmann reports.

Gutmann documents mass intimidation of journalists by the Palestinian Authority. Consequently, she notes that few dare cover the subject objectively, if at all. A rare exception is Palestinian journalist, Khalid Abu Toameh, who described witnessing a PA execution in August 2002, while waiting to see Arafat in Ramallah. Though Abu Toameh witnessed many other reporters like him in full view of the execution, he alone reported it --- on Aug. 8, 2002.

Gutmann, like Abu Toameh, notes that PA intimidation of Arab reporters began in 1994, immediately after Arafat took power through the Oslo Accords. Armed Fatah gunmen went to all local newspaper, radio and television offices and stations, Gutmann reports. The PA men beat, jailed and threatened everyone who reported anything reflecting badly on the new leader.

Arafat's men shuttered five independent newspapers in the territories and replaced them with Voice of Palestine radio and the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation. By 2002, Abu Toameh told Gutmann, the large Al Quds, Al-Ayam and Al-Hayat al-Jadeeda dailies were like Palestinian versions of the U.S.S.R.'s now-defunct Pravda.

In September 2002, Abu Toameh ran afoul of Ahmed Qurei --- then a Palestinian Legislative Council speaker --- when he briefly touched on Qurei's request for a meeting with Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. A senior Qurei aide repeatedly telephoned threats to Toameh's cell and his Jerusalem home and he called Jerusalem police. As Gutmann notes, Abu Toameh heroically risks his life reporting truthfully on PA activities and events in the disputed territories. Abu Toameh blames Israel for letting exiled terrorists come to power. But mostly, he blames the foreign press for not reporting the truth.

In contrast to Abu Toameh's straight, unemotional (and high-risk) work, Gutmann holds up media partisans like former ABC reporter Gillian Findlay, Guardian writer Suzanne Goldenberg and former Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief Lee Hockstader, who was boycotted by GPO director Seaman in 2002 for his "florid dispatches" resembling PA press releases or reports in the PA-controlled daily Al-Hayat al-Jadeeda. All these people reportedly coordinated reports with PA terrorist Marwan Barghouti and their publications subsequently replaced them.

Raphael Israeli's Poison also offers an excellent discussion of press coverage in the Middle East.

In a perfect world, media outlets would eliminate jobs of those reporters playing activist roles, observes Columbia School of Journalism graduate and former Los Angeles Times reporter Gutmann. Unfortunately, however, Middle East media bureaus do not work that way. Otherwise, the BBC (another example) would not have editorial guidelines emphasizing its right to favor Palestinians --- nor would it continue refusing to release Malcolm Balen's detailed 2004 report on biased BBC Middle East coverage.

--Alyssa A. Lappen
Kriau
This book is about the media war between the Arabs and Israel. It deals with journalistic sensationalism and lack of ethics. I am not surprised that Israel is not faring well in this war. The other side is cheating. And the referees aren't taking them to task for it. Still, Israel has no choice but to maintain its standards and value truth. Meanwhile, I think that many Arabs have drifted into a culture of destruction in this war. And maybe this culture is reflected to some extent in the media war. As Stephanie Gutmann shows, the anti-Zionists are making a mockery of journalistic standards. They are destroyers, not creators. In the short term, they may appear to be winning, but they are not achieving anything positive.

Like many other people, including myself, Gutmann was surprised at the extent to which many people "were ready to drop the skepticism they showed in most other areas of their lives and believe everything the New York Times and CNN told them about the conflict and then develop such great passions about a relatively small affair, in a land very far away." Many people are doubtful that Israel even wants peace, even though almost all humans, including Israelis, would rather be rich, free, and alive than poor, enslaved, and dead.

The author tells about the Mohammed al-Dura case in some detail. This was a 12-year old who probably died in September, 2000, during the Arab aggression against Israel. If he died, he was probably killed (intentionally or unintentionally) by Arabs. But there isn't enough evidence to tell for certain what happened. Still, the case points out the huge number of staged events (look at the cover of the book for a typical example) and the amount of media misinformation. As Gutmann says, "there is one clear bad guy in `al-Dura' and that is the international media."

In another chapter, the author tells us of another case of journalistic malpractice, exposed by the apologies by Italian TV to Arab thugs for filming the some of the lynching of two Israeli soldiers.

Gutmann confirms that Israel is treated as a Very Important nation. And a Dangerous one. She says that the coverage of the war against it sometimes seems to be only of Israel, as if the Arabs were some sort of undefined "amoebic force." And she tells of the American Colony Hotel, which is a sort of propaganda headquarters for what I consider the War Against Human Rights. In this war, the media have, as the author points out, gone from being observers to participants. And I think the majority of them are fighting against human rights.

There is a fine chapter on the ghastly misreporting of the Jenin battle of April, 2002. And there is a discussion of the reaction to the confinement of Arafat to Ramallah. By the way, in my opinion, the failure of the international community to bring a thug like Arafat to justice is a great crime against humanity. But the adoration of Arafat that the media showed is even more sickening and surreal. Gutmann considers Arafat to have been "a masterful media manipulator." I very strongly disagree, and I find it hard to imagine what the world would be like if Arafat had possessed even average, let alone above average talent in this or in any other regard.

One dramatic example of venomous journalistic malpractice that I won't forget is of the reaction to an inciteful sermon given by an Arab sheik in Gaza. Almost every sentence of the speech was out of line. The author tells us parts of it, where the sheik calls the Jews terrorists, butchers of Arab children, and desecrators of holy places who must be butchered and killed. And where he tells his listeners to "have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country," and to fight and "kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them." But how did William Orme of the New York Times report this? He looked through the sermon for just one tame line that he could quote out of context. And he found one! It was, "whether Likud or Labor, Jews are Jews." That is the only line he permitted his readers to see from the sermon! I consider such a vicious misrepresentation of Israeli concerns about incitement to be a serious attack on journalistic standards, truth, and human rights. Gutmann needs to be praised for pointing it out to us.

Gutmann quotes an Arab who explains that the Oslo agreement of 1993 was merely a contract between Arafat (and ten thousand or so of his supporters) and Israel. I agree. And it does seem to me as stupid as not realizing the difference between America's people (represented by our government) and the Mafia, and making a deal with the wrong one.

Gutmann tells of the bad guys, such as the infamous Peter Jennings of ABC News, Suzanne Goldenberg of the Guardian, Lee Hockstader of the Washington Post, and Gillian Findlay of ABC News. And she also tells us of the good guys. I'm not surprised that there are people who do fight back to support truth and standards. They include CAMERA, Honestreporting.com, littlegreeenfootballs.com, and a variety of other media-monitoring websites. I'd include books such as this one as making a positive impact.

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