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The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy [Hardcover]

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 30, 2005
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1893554945  
EAN  9781893554948  


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Since its founding, Israel has become legendary for winning wars waged against it by much larger armies. But those were "conventional" conflicts where uniformed soldiers fought on clearly delineated fronts, using tanks, aircraft and artillery. Israel has not fared so well in the new wars of the twenty-first century, where key battles are fought on editorial pages and television screens, and especially on the internet, where photos from the combat zone can ricochet around the world minutes after being snapped. To understand why Israel has floundered on this new battlefield, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived in the Middle East as a teenager, returned to Jerusalem and the West Bank during the second intifada to observe modern news-gathering up close. In The Other War she documents how regional political and military realities are dependent on a constantly shifting cast of international journalists on the prowl for "good pictures" (their motto: "if it bleeds, it leads") or career-making scoops, and sometimes guided by hardened anti-Israel ideology. In the midst of suicide bombings and armed response, Gutmann watched as the region and its people-Israeli and Palestinian alike-became cardboard cutouts in dramas predetermined by ratings-obsessed editors continents away. Gutmann introduces us to key players in the daily battles for headline supremacy: the mercenary freelance photographers who hawk their bloodiest pictures to the highest bidder; the TV "parachuters" who drop in on the unfolding Mideast tragedy to get their "face time" before flying off to the next international hotspot; the Palestinian Authority spinmeisters; the politically connected, media-savvy "fixers" whose translation services are not typically neutral. We also meet some of those in the trenches, people like Daniel Seaman, beleaguered director of Israel's Government Press Office; and Palestinian reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who endeavors to do comprehensive reporting about a regime, the Palestinian Authority, that often silences critics brutally. Traveling into the disputed territories herself, Gutmann reconstructs the battle for Jenin, the death of the teenage martyr Mohammed al-Dura, and other climactic moments in the struggle for the world's hearts and minds. We learn from her absorbing insider's account that there is a reality in this region never touched by the international press corps, and that as in other wars, truth is indeed the first casualty.

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Since its founding, Israel has become legendary for winning wars waged against it by much larger armies. But those were "conventional" conflicts where uniformed soldiers fought on clearly delineated fronts, using tanks, aircraft and artillery. Israel has not fared so well in the new wars of the twenty-first century, where key battles are fought on editorial pages and television screens, and especially on the internet, where photos from the combat zone can ricochet around the world minutes after being snapped. To understand why Israel has floundered on this new battlefield, Stephanie Gutmann, who lived in the Middle East as a teenager, returned to Jerusalem and the West Bank during the second intifada to observe modern news-gathering up close. In THE OTHER WAR she documents how regional political and military realities are dependent on a constantly shifting cast of international journalists on the prowl for "good pictures" (their motto: "if it bleeds, it leads") or career-making scoops, and sometimes guided by hardened anti-Israel ideology. In the midst of suicide bombings and armed response, Gutmann watched as the region and its people — Israeli and Palestinian alike — became cardboard cutouts in dramas predetermined by ratings-obsessed editors continents away. Gutmann introduces us to key players in the daily battles for headline supremacy: the mercenary freelance photographers who hawk their bloodiest pictures to the highest bidder; the TV "parachuters" who drop in on the unfolding Mideast tragedy to get their "face time" before flying off to the next international hotspot; the Palestinian Authority spinmeisters; the politically connected, media-savvy "fixers" whose translation services are not typically neutral. We also meet some of those in the trenches, people like Daniel Seaman, beleaguered director of Israel's Government Press Office; and Palestinian reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who endeavors to do comprehensive reporting about a regime, the Palestinian Authority, that often silences critics brutally. Traveling into the disputed territories herself, Gutmann reconstructs the battle for Jenin, the death of the teenage martyr Mohammed al-Dura, and other climactic moments in the struggle for the world's hearts and minds. We learn! from her absorbing insider's account that there is a reality in this region never touched by the international press corps, and that as in other wars, truth is indeed the first casualty.


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More Important by the minute  Jun 24, 2008
I read this book a while back and it has truly stood the test of time as more media manipulations become apparent. The Al Dura section of the book is particularly relevant given the recent libel case tried and won in France...giving the public the freedom to finally dispute this hoax once and for all. The damage the mainstream media has done to Israel and hence to Jews all over the world, willfully and intentionally, is truly scary. However in a world of 24 hour news with demand for instant product...I wonder if the anti-semetic filter of today's journalist can be overcome? It does beg the question if the "news" is nothing more than propoganda anymore? I suppose we have to look to ourselves to be capable of sorting though all of this "news" and the filters and biases that come inherent in the message.
 
An amazing analysis on the media war in the Middle East  Jan 9, 2007
Stephanie Gutmanns book should be read by a wider audience, especially as anti-Israel views are now expressed on a daily base in many Western news outlets. It is an important work which exposes the complexities of Middle East reporting. Jimmy Carter should have read this book before he wrote his slanderous "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid" book. Even Jimmy might have learned a thing or two...
 
Even More Relevant Today  Sep 18, 2006
This book was published a year ago, but it has even more powerful resonance today in light of the recently concluded (for now, anyway) hostilities in southern Lebanon. That conflict was widely deemed a PR "loss" for the Israelis, an outcome that author Stephanie Gutmann cannily anticipates in her review of media coverage of the Second Intifada.

She presents in copious detail the international (especially European) media's favoritism toward the Palestinians. One acclaimed photojournalist won't take pictures of armed Palestinians because "he would not want me to." The Middle East correspondent for the BBC (a news organization singled out for particular anti-Israel bias) wept openly over Arafat's death. More distressing is media complicity in allowing terror groups to control news coverage: children throwing rocks is okay; but an adult goading the kids to do so is off-limits. Often, the control is through intimidation. The AP cameraman who videotaped Palestinian celebrations of the 9/11 atrocity had his film confiscated at gunpoint. The Italian TV crew that filmed the mob lynching of two IDF soldiers in a police headquarters violated an unwritten "understanding" prohibiting such coverage -- revealed through another Italian journalist's public apology for the incident. He did not want his network blamed for the coverage.

Gutmann also sharply criticizes Israeli (especially IDF) media relations efforts, which can charitably be described as "ham-handed." The initial press conference after the seizure of the Karine A was conducted in the late afternoon before the Sabbath in a remote port location far from the media centers. International journalists who bothered to attend were kept far away from the munitions (no "photo-op") and had to cope with a press briefing conducted in Hebrew only.

Two years into the intifada, Gutmann credits the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Government Press Office with improving its ability to fight the Media War, facilitating media access to images that make "good television." However, the IDF has been slower to improve communications, as recent events in Lebanon underscore.

 
Deception can be comforting  Jun 25, 2006
It's interesting how Israel can become a military base of the global hegemon (the US), occupy and brutalize a people for years on end, and so-called "supporters of Israel" come rushing to the defense of this perverted state. To the extent that Israel "looks bad" in the media, it's because it's doing hideous things, like killing men, women and children on a regular basis. There are plenty of websites to give a person the gory details, including those of Israeli peace groups. Maybe those Israeli Jews who see the blood on their hands are somehow dismissed as "self-hating Jews" or some other ridiculous charge.
Fortunately for the defenders of Israeli militarism, and its subservience to the American Empire, Israeli oppression of Palestinians is systematically marginalized by our conglomerate media. There are excellent documentaries on the issue, like "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land." But fans of Gutmann's deceptions won't look at that sort of material. There appears to be too large an emotional investment in convenient fairy tales about the righteousness of the Israeli military. Their self-deception is only harming Israel, and the country's current aggression is making matters worse for everybody. Twenty-four Palestinian civilians killed during this month of June, and the economic warfare intensifies, as do the house demolitions, the land theft of the Wall, and other disgraceful acts.

It's the Palestinians who need to do the media work. For instance, having a single radio personality to counter the deceptions of Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and others would be helpful. In the meantime, journals like the "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" provide a much needed dose of reality for anyone whose interested. I'd also recommend the film, "The Inner Tour," which is about a group of Palestinians taking a tour bus through Israel, a bus that is driven by an Israeli. It provides a more humanizing view of all people involved, instead of this good vs. bad framing of complex issues that US demagogues constantly utilize.
 
Riveting account of how media lies, distortions, & bias mishape public opinion  May 29, 2006
The author has done her research and writes well. The picture on the cover sums up the whole story: that's a wall of media photographers on a "photo op" taking staged pictures of a Palestinian boy throwing rocks. Ms. Gutmann reveals the truth of what happened to news footage of ecstatic Palestinians celebrating 9/11. Remember, we saw a brief flurry of it and suddenly there were no pictures? Withdrawn to keep Palestinian officials from murdering newsman held at gunpoint. The PLO has long used strongarm tactics to bully and threaten any sense of independent Arab media in areas under their influence. There's so much more. This book is an important opening to the reality of media lies, distortions and bias in shaping public perception of this conflict.
 

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