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Pens and Swords How the American Mainstream Media Report the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

ISBN-10: 0231133499

ISBN-13: 9780231133494

Edition: 2007

Authors: Marda Dunsky

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Most Americans understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via the news media, which tend to focus primarily on the story's continual, inter-communal bloodshed and stop-and-start efforts at diplomacy. With such a limited range of media discourse, it is no wonder that many Americans believe that peace is unobtainable. Beginning with the failed Camp David summit of July 2000 and ending with the waning of the second Palestinian uprising in the summer of 2004, Marda Dunsky takes a close look at how more than two dozen major American print and broadcast outlets have reported the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She finds that they omit two key contextual elements: the significant impact that U.S. policy has had and continues to have on the trajectory of the conflict, and the way international law and consensus have addressed the key issues of Israeli settlement and annexation policies and Palestinian refugees. She explores how reporting of the conflict routinely takes on the contours of American policy and rarely challenges the premises of this "Washington consensus." In addition, she examines the media's responses to allegations of biased coverage and gauges the effect that mainstream news reporting on the conflict has on public opinion and U.S. foreign policy. She includes the perspectives of more than a dozen correspondents who have reported the story from the field for major American media outlets.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

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