Intifada Hits the Headlines

Intifada Hits the Headlines

How the Israeli Press Misreported the Outbreak of the Second Palestinian Uprising
Dor, Daniel
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/18/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21637-3
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2005)

In this nuanced and detailed study of newspaper reporting during the escalation of the second Intifada in the fall of 2000, Daniel Dor shows how real events are subject to distortion and manipulation by the media. In an analysis of the heart of Israel’s media establishment—the newspapers Yediot Ahronot, Ma’ariv, and Ha’aretz—he finds a wide gap between the reality reported by field reporters and the eventual newspaper accounts framed by editors. Led by beliefs, opinions, and emotional responses rather than the facts provided by their reporters, these editors created a platform on which a new and fearful narrative for Israeli–Palestinian relations was built. Yet while Dor demonstrates that the media construct the news rather than simply report it, his sophisticated analysis also shows that no one entity or person is responsible. Rather than a supreme authority, Dor argues, it is the influence of fear, anger, ignorance, and a desire to please and sell newspapers that threatens the freedom of the press in a liberal democracy.

Author Bio

Daniel Dor teaches in the Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University. A graduate of Stanford University, he has worked as a senior news editor at two of Israel’s leading newspapers. He lives in Tel Aviv.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. "Under Arafat's Baton"
3. "Make No Mistake, Yasser"
4. "The Limits of Restraint"
5. "A Fifth Column"
6. In All Their Murderous Ugliness"
7. "We Have Turned Every Stone"
8. Conclusion