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Critics: US media often omit context of Israeli-Palestinian violence

Media v Israel-Palestinian conflictAs violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories returns to the headlines, critics are complaining that many prominent U.S. news outlets often omit or misrepresent contextual information vital to understanding the conflict. And perhaps predictably, partisans on both sides are targeting media coverage for different reasons.

A common complaint among some critics concerns some major U.S. media outlets’ characterization of neighborhoods and the legal and political context of the Israeli presence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. “The biggest problem … is total lack of context in reporting in which all of this is taking place,” said Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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Dan Rather’s Moment of ‘Truth’: The Movie CBS and George W. Bush Don’t Want You to See

Film about Dan Rather's fall from graceA new film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford explores the notorious ‘60 Minutes’ piece on George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record, and the anchorman’s subsequent fall.

It was the great Henry David Thoreau who once said, “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” And it’s the Thoreauian tenets of self-reliance—the pursuit of unvarnished truth and resistance to institutional authority—that motivates many in the journalism profession.

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Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic

nat'l Geographic goes for profitThe National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family's Fox media empire is the world's primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society's mission includes giving grants to scientists.

Or had you forgotten? Here's a refresh for you, a fun little interview with Murdoch on his climate change views.

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

Al Jazeera journalistsA court in Egypt has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in jail after finding them guilty of "aiding a terrorist organization".

Egyptian Baher Mohamed, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were all handed three-year jail sentences when the court in Cairo delivered the verdict on Saturday, sparking worldwide condemnation of the decision.

Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months for possession of a spent bullet casing. An appeal against the verdict is planned.

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35 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault appear on 'New York' cover

New Yorker coverThe latest cover of New York magazine features a black and white image of 35 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

The magazine photographed and interviewed the women for the issue, which was released online Sunday.

Many of the women share similar stories of being young actresses or mentees of Cosby who were drugged by the actor and sexually assaulted. Some didn't speak out until now for fear that no one would believe them.

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NBC cuts ties with Donald Trump

NBC cuts ties with TrumpNBC is cutting its ties with Donald Trump over the 2016 Republican presidential candidate's recent remarks over immigrants.

"Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," the network said in a statement Monday.

NBC also said it would no longer air the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on its network, which are produced with Trump.

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Press freedom is declining in the US

Press freedom decliningToday the world recognizes World Press Freedom Day. Instituted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), its purpose is to “celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on [its] independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

The issues of quality reporting, media independence and the safety of journalists are as relevant today as ever – especially in the United States.

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