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Battle Lines: The American Media and the Intifada

Lederman, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0805016023 / ISBN 13: 9780805016024
Published by Holt, New York, 1992
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24 cm, 342, acid-free paper, bibliography, index, pencil erasure on front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 33638

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Title: Battle Lines: The American Media and the ...

Publisher: Holt, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Book Condition: good, good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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An experienced journalist analyzes the American media in action and reveals how the media is manipulated by its own needs and by technology and how it in turn manipulates the policies of governments.

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A steely-eyed look at the ways in which American print and TV newscasters handled (and apparently mishandled) the Palestinian demonstrations that, starting in December 1987, rocked the occupied zones of Israel and Lebanon for more than a year. Writing from a background of 23 years of reporting in the Mideast, including 14 years as NPR's Israel correspondent, Lederman provides not only the details of the Intifada but a clear and cogent wrap-up of the convoluted background of the Palestinian- Israeli confrontation. Happily, the author eschews the political and professional pieties of his colleagues. He finds, for example, that TV coverage of the crisis was almost without fail shallow and frequently self-serving. Lederman is particularly incensed by the medium's attempt to shape American foreign policy, as it did, he charges, when covering George Shultz's 1988 peacemaking efforts. He describes Israeli authorities as consistently arrogant and xenophobic, suspicious and quick to take offense when criticisms are leveled at their policies and actions--and then goes on to depict Yasir Arafat's PLO as disorganized and opportunistic, more interested in publicity than in real achievements and more caring about expatriate Palestinians than those living in the occupied areas. An epilogue briefly discusses media coverage of the Gulf War; CNN gets high marks for its objectivity and depth. Stimulating, straight-from-the-shoulder analysis. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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