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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Boston University Prof to Track Media Bias on Israel With Web Site Focus on Palestinian Videographers

Boston University history professor Richard Landes is teaming up with Portugal's Pedro Zuguette, a former visiting scholar at BU, to launch The Second Draft, a web site devoted to tracking media bias in covering the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The Second Draft's genesis comes from the realization by Landes and Zuguette that most western news media outlets depend upon Palestinians for camera work and photography. This dependence has consequences that detract from the quality of the news reporting.

"The material we show here constitutes a tiny fragment of a much larger phenomenon, raw footage from Palestinian photographers working for major western media outlets. From this material, our news agencies prepare news reports that shape our perceptions of what is happening in the Middle East Conflict.
"We think that a close analysis of this material defies all expectations of what such footage should resemble, and suggest that Palestinian photographers do not at all share the same production and journalistic values espoused by a free press. We leave the experience and the judgment to you."

This is definitely a site to add to your blogroll and your regular reading list.

HT: Powerline.