Bad News from Israel

by Philo Greg

This superb study . . . is extensive in scope, and scrupulously fair. It will be a landmark.’ Edward S. Herman, co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent ‘Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often dangerously superficial. Bad News from Israel is a strong contribution to scholarship and public debate.’ John D.H. Downing Director, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University ‘[The book] covers a lot of ground in a clear and readable manner and is particularly good at airing different views about the Arab-Israeli conflict.’ Professor Avi Shlaim, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford ‘A remarkable book.’ Professor Lucrecia Escudero Chauvel, Université de Lille III and Paris VIII ‘Just about everything that we know about Israel/Palestine comes to us from our television screens. Bad News from Israel reveals remarkable levels of ignorance about what and why things are as they are. What’s more, the analysis offered here strongly suggests that the media are intimately linked to the perpetuation of this unhappy situation.’ Professor Frank Webster City University, London Based on rigorous research by the world-renowned Glasgow University Media Group, this authoritative book examines media coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East and the impact it has on public opinion. For the first time, the books brings together senior journalists and ordinary viewers to examine how audiences understand the news and how public belief and opinion have been shaped by media reporting. In the largest study ever undertaken in this area, the authors focus on television news. They illustrate major differences in the way Israelis and Palestinians are represented, including how casualties are shown and the presentation of the motives and rationales of both sides. They combine this with an extensive audience study involving hundreds of participants from the USA, Britain and Germany. It shows extraordinar