Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics by Amahl A. Bishara

By Amahl A. Bishara

Few issues within the information are extra hotly contested than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and information assurance itself is often an issue of discussion. yet hardly do those debates contain an on-the-ground point of view of what and who newsmaking involves. learning how reporters paintings in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and at the demanding roads that attach those towns, Amahl Bishara demonstrates how the construction of U.S. information approximately Palestinians relies on multifaceted collaborations, quite often invisible to Western readers. She specializes in the paintings that Palestinian newshounds do behind the curtain and lower than the bylines—as fixers, photojournalists, camerapeople, journalists, and producers—to give you the information that american citizens learn, see, and listen to each day.

Ultimately, this publication demonstrates how Palestinians play critical roles in generating U.S. information and the way U.S. journalism in flip shapes Palestinian politics. U.S. objectivity is in Palestinian journalists' arms, and Palestinian self-determination can't be totally understood with no consciousness to the journalist status off to the part, quietly taking notes. again tales examines information tales enormous and small—Yassir Arafat's funeral, lady suicide bombers, protests opposed to the separation barrier, an all-but-unnoticed killing of a mentally disabled man—to examine pressing questions about objectivity, violence, the nation, and the construction of information in today's information. This ebook reaches past the headlines into the lives of Palestinians throughout the moment intifada to provide readers a brand new vantage element on either Palestinians and journalism.

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Translators not only did linguistic work but, like fixers and producers, also accompanied INTRODUCTION 23 foreign correspondents so they could travel safely and work effectively in the occupied territories. Foreign correspondents working on a budget might forgo fixers or producers and opt for drivers, but these drivers inevitably did more cultural work than a GPS would have. Palestinian journalists also continued to cover political developments in the PA. S. and European media institutions, but they were rarely, if ever, called upon to be bureau chiefs, foreign correspondents, or editors.

Perhaps her time abroad had sensitized her to how audiences might misunderstand Palestinian politics. Readers had two other hefty critiques of the article. First, they pointed out that it relied much more on quotes from Israelis than from Palestinians. Moore quoted Palestinians in statements she had apparently overheard at checkpoints, whereas she conducted interviews with a number of Israelis, primarily soldiers. ” Even more important, Palestinian readers found that the article created a false sense of balance between Israeli and Palestinian experiences at checkpoints.

Some of them, like flying bullets or all too immobile piles of dirt, impede the flow of information. Others, like the embodied skills journalists have developed to manage restrictions, enable the production of knowledge. Still others shape processes of news production in more subtle ways. 31 Examining journalism from the occupied Palestinian territories illuminates the ways international journalism has profound cultural and political effects for the communities in which it is produced, even if community members rarely read the New York Times.

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