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Battle Lines: The American Media and the Intifada Hardcover – February, 1992


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From Publishers Weekly

The author has covered the Middle East for more than 23 years for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio. Here he zeros in on the first five months (December 1987-April 1988) of the Palestinian uprising, scrutinizing the media's interaction with domestic and international politics. He raises disturbing questions about political crisis management, the role of foreign reporters and the nature of their responsibility, the powerful ability of TV news to manipulate images and send subliminal messages. After reviewing hundreds of nightly newscasts, wire-service dispatches and U.S. and Israeli newspaper accounts, Lederman concludes, "There's no question that the U.S. foreign press played the leading role in raising the subject of the uprising as a matter for international debate, or that the Israelis and Palestinians sought to exploit the media's interpretation of events as rallying points." His thoughtful book is recommended for those concerned with the relationships among the media, the military and policy makers.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Readers looking for heroes in this analysis of Palestinian intifada media reporting won't find them here. Lederman, a veteran foreign correspondent based in Jerusalem, contends that the American media, Israeli government, and internal Palestinian factions all contributed to misleading news consumers. Lederman analyzed the coverage of the first year of the intifada by the three major broadcast networks, three newspapers, and the Associated Press. He expertly weaves a discussion of topics such as subliminal messages, agenda setting, censorship, intimidation, and "imagespeak," and argues for teaching "visual literacy." He also demonstrates what happens when old ideas are applied with new technologies. Some similar views appear in former Israeli press officer Ze'ev Chafets's lively, pre-intifada Double Vision: How the Press Distorts America's View of the Middle East ( LJ 9/15/84). Recommended for journalism and international affairs collections.
- Bruce Rosenstein, "USA Today" Lib., Arlington, Va.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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