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Bad News From Israel

Monday 18/December/2017 - 11:48 AM
Sada El Balad

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 extraordinary differences in levels of knowledge and understanding، especially amongst young people from these countries.

The book explores the processes that shape the news. It looks at patterns of ownership and at how public relations، information control and the close political links between the USA and Britain affect what we see and hear in the media.

The authors set the study in context by providing a history of the present crisis from the period of the British mandate in Palestine through to the Oslo and Wye Accords and the intifadas.


Paperback: 328 pages
Author: Greg Philo
Publisher: Pluto Press; Reprint edition (20 Jun. 2004)
Language: English
Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm


About the Author
Greg Philo is Professor at Glasgow University، and is a member of the Glasgow Media Group. He is the author with David Miller of Market Killing (2000) and with Mike Berry of Bad News from Israel (Pluto Press، 2004).



Editorial Reviews
The book does a very good job of summarising for the reader the complex historical background to present day Israel. It 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، University of Oxford)

A remarkable book، very comprehensive، with an innovative approach and full of interesting examples. It is convincing and very useful not only for researchers but for the general public as well. (Professor Lucrecia Escudero Chauvel، Universités de Lille III and Paris VIII)

Bad News from Israel reveals remarkable levels of ignorance about 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)

This superb study... [blends] together material on what the media do، why they do it، and how their modes of reporting affect public knowledge and interest. (Professor Edward S. Herman، University of Pennsylvannia)

Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often dangerously superficial. Bad News from Israel is a strong contribution to scholarship and public debate. (Professor John D.H. Downing، Southern Illinois University)

This volume is a must-read for those journalists and media critics who are tired of the same old debates about objectivity، and wish to move onto more sophisticated questions about how media bias actually works to alter public perceptions of important issues. (The Republic)

Philo and Berry have torn away the veil that has long obscured fair and objective reporting of the region. (Vertigo)

... superb... Like all the Glasgow University Media Group's work، this is scholarship of the highest standard: it makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the conflict (Will Podmore)

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