Archive for January 15, 2012


The Weakened Caucasian’s Inquirer section devotes front and inside front pages to Foreign Editor, Greg Sheridan’s interview with Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu and Bibi’s “vision of a demilitarised Palestinian state”.

The ‘interview’ is soft, obsequious and disingenuous, but don’t take our word for it…

The Glasgow Media Group is based in the Sociology department of Glasgow University and has close links with other academic groupings such as the MRC, Medical Sociology Unit at Glasgow University,Centre for Statistics in Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University ( in jointly funded projects for the ESRC and Nuffield.)

A recent Glasgow Media Group study, Israel & Palestine: Competing Histories (Greg Philo and Mike Berry), examined how television covered the Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008 and on the Gaza flotilla in 2010. It shows the very sophisticated level of public relations now offered by Israel and how news has often reproduced this without offering an alternative perspective from the Palestinians. The impact on public opinion is explored through new audience research which greatly extends that of the first edition. It includes new findings on how the impact of even the most terrible images of war can be reduced by controlling audience beliefs about the origins of violence.

Should we expect similar access and coverage in the Weakened Caucasian for Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas? Let’s not hold our breath…

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