Edition, November 14, 2001, Page 1
HANDLES RED CROSS FUND CRISIS
The Red Cross has turned to Edelman PR Worldwide in the
wake of the controversy triggered by its decision to withhold
$264 million of the $564 million pledged or contributed
to its Liberty Fund set up for victims of terror attacks.
Darren Irby, director
of disaster PA at the Red Cross, said the group hired Edelman
because it was swamped by media inquiries.
Leslie Dach, vice chairman/GM
of Edelman's Washington, D.C., office, is leading the account.
He is assisted by Jere Sullivan, EVP/deputy GM in D.C.,
and Loretta Ucelli, head of its crisis group.
The Red Cross maintains
that contributions made to the Liberty Fund also were intended
to deal with future terror victims.
President Bernadine Healy,
who is stepping down at yearend, told Congress on Nov. 6
that it would be fiscally irresponsible to just cut a check
for the families of victims of Sept. 11 without putting
aside funds for future attacks.
The organization points
out that Liberty Fund ads stated that the "American
Red Cross has a responsibility to participate in civilian
preparedness for future terrorist threats. This is a focus
of our fund raising and our programs. The aftermath of Sept.
11 will be with us well into the future."
Congress doesn't buy
that pitch. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA), chairman of the House
Committee on Energy and Commerce, accused the organization
of misleading donors who believed they were helping victims
of the World Trade Center, and Pentagon attacks and the
Pennsylvania hijacked plane crash.
RAMUNDO EXITS GOODRICH
Kevin Ramundo, VP, corporate communications, Goodrich
Corp., Charlotte, N.C., is leaving the $4 billion company
by the end of the year and is looking at new opportunities
on the corporate side.
He said the company is restructuring its communications
but this had nothing to do with his departure. No replacement
is planned for Ramundo.
Ramundo, 50, said he has been with Goodrich two years
and has accomplished what he could.
principal and group director of Morgen-Walke Assocs., New
York, has left the company. She joined several years ago
from the American Stock Exchange, where she was managing
director responsible for IR programs.
BIN LADEN FAMILY TAPS HULLIN
Saudi Arabia's Bin Laden family is using Hullin Metz &
Co. to make sure reporters know that it signed a statement
officially disowning Osama bin Laden in 1994, a year following
the first terror attack on the World Trade Center.
Media relations comprises the bulk of the work, according
to Tim Metz. For instance, Metz responded to a Nov. 12 New
Yorker piece in which a former CIA antiterror expert
Vincent Cannistraro said there exists an "interconnectedness"
between Osama and some in the 50-member family. He said
an intelligence agency reported that two of Osama's sisters
took cash to an airport in Abu Dhabi, and are suspected
of giving the money to Osama's Al Qaeda network.
Metz called the allegation's lack of specificity unfair.
He also was contacted 12 hours before the New Yorker's
Osama's father, Muhammad, founded the company now known
as the Saudi Binladin Group, which is a $5 billion corporate
giant, and the biggest building company in the Islamic world.
The family, said Metz, realized it needed a PR firm following
a 1997 interview conducted by CNN's Peter Arnett in Osama's
cave. It turned to Abernathy MacGregor Group, where Metz
handled the account.
The Saudi Embassy arranged for two dozen members of the
bin Laden family to be flown out of the U.S. shortly after
the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
C&W CLOSES ATLANTA, ITS
Cohn & Wolfe is closing its Atlanta office effective
Nov. 30, CEO Steve Aiello told this NL. The firm was founded
there by Bob Cohn and Norman Wolfe in 1970. It will also
merge its Washington, D.C., office into sister firm, Burson-Marsteller.
The sour national economy and the inability of Atlanta
to service a "sufficient amount of network business"
were two reasons for the shutdown mentioned by Aiello. C&W,
he added, also took a "hit" when GM Tony Demartino
broke off with a number of execs to set up The Titan Network.
Diane Garza currently heads the six-member Atlanta office.
That's down from the 37 people reported there at the end
of last year. The firm had ranked No. 5 in the city with
$6.5 million in 2000 fees.
The C&W chief said the firm will retain its two big
Atlanta accounts. Embassy Suites will be serviced out of
Los Angeles, while PGA shifts to New York. Merrill Lynch
projects will "transition" to B-M.
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UBM DROPS BID FOR MEDIALINK
United Business Media
has dropped its takeover bid for Medialink Worldwide citing
the absence of "any meaningful response" from
Medialink's board of directors three months after UBM's
offer, and Medialink's "disappointing" third-quarter
financial results released last week.
Medialink claims "some
of its largest shareholders" considered UBM's offer
inadequate in light of the company's long-term prospects.
In August, UBM offered
to acquire outstanding shares of Medialink at a $5-per-share
cash premium, a 49 percent markup over Medialink's share
price of $3.35 at the time.
UBM proposed that Medialink
would be merged with its PR Newswire unit to create a multimedia
distribution powerhouse for VNRs.
PR Newswire executive
director Charles Gregson said UBM's offer was met with "only
silence from Medialink."
He said PR Newswire will
pursue other options to enhance its VNR services, by building
within or combining with another company. New York-based
Kekst and Co. advised UBM on the takeover bid.
Medialink reported a
$1.5 million loss for the third quarter, along with a 24.6
percent slide in revenue. For the nine-month period, Medialink
lost $1.9 million on $37.2 million in revenues. Its share
price has slid to $2.35 a share in trading Nov. 12. Medialink
CEO Larry Moskowitz promises Medialink will recover when
the economy improves. He noted that cutbacks in business
travel bode well for his firm's videoconferencing and webcasting
The firm also is aggressively
marketing its satellite distribution business as the anthrax
scare has made some newsrooms wary of opening mail said
to contain VNRs.
Medialink has been on
somewhat of a roll of late, handling corporate announcements
such as GM's selling its Hughes Electronics business to
Echostar Comms.; Ford's ouster of CEO Jac Nasser, and Lockheed
Martin's $200 billion contract with the Pentagon.
IR FIRMS SQUARE OFF IN
The Hewlett family, dealing
a blow to Hewlett-Packard's plan to acquire Compaq, has
retained New York IR firm Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer
Katcher to explain why it feels the deal is a flop.
Citigate Sard Verbinnen
is pitching the deal's benefits to the financial community.
Wall Street, so far,
has given its own thumb's down to the transaction that was
valued at $25 billion when announced in early September.
The value of the stock
transaction had fallen to $17 billion, but has rallied to
$21 billion. (H-P stock rallied last week on news of the
Hewlett family's opposition.)
Walter Hewlett, son of
H-P co-founder Bill Hewlett, said the merger created too
As a board member, Hewlett
had voted in favor of the merger. His vote reversal is "virtually
unheard of," said the Wall Street Journal on
Nov. 7. It called the Hewlett family opposition to the Compaq
marriage a psychological setback to H-P CEO Carly Fiorina.
H-P issued a statement
saying it wasn't surprised by the Hewlett family's "regrettable"
It noted that eight-of-nine
H-P board members enthusiastically endorsed the Compaq transaction.
David Packard, son of co-founder David Packard, supports
the Hewlett family decision.
His Packard Humanities
Institute owns about two percent of H-P. Other Packard family
interests control about eight percent of H-P.
H-P's PR line-up includes
Applied Comms., Golin/Harris International, Weber Shandwick
and The Hoffman Agency. Compaq uses Hill and Knowlton.
AMA SAYS NEW TOBACCO ADS MISLEAD
The American Medical Assn.'s immediate past president
Randolph Smoak, MD, has accused Brown & Williamson and
Vector Tobacco of making "dangerously misleading"
claims about the health benefits of their new cigarette
B&W is test-marketing Advance cigarettes with the
slogan "All of the taste, less of the toxins."
A double-page ad for Vector's Omni brand in the current
issue of People magazine states "the medical
community has identified specific carcinogens that are a
major cause of lung cancer in smokers. In a groundbreaking
move, we have reduced many of these."
Smoak said no scientific data exists to support Vector's
implication that an Omni cigarette smoker is less likely
to develop lung cancer than other smokers.
BAXTER ACCEPTS BLAME FOR
Companies facing a crisis with customers' lives on the
line could learn a thing or two about crisis management
from Harry Kraemer, CEO of Baxter International, said David
Greising, a business columnist for The Chicago Tribune.
Kraemer took responsibility for several deaths related
to its dialysis filter made by the company although it believes
a 3M chemical solvent used to manufacture the filters may
have played a role in the deaths of as many as 50 people
in seven countries.
Baxter's troubles began on Aug. 15 when the first dialysis-related
death was reported in Madrid, followed by 21 deaths in Croatia
that came to light Oct. 13 and the first U.S. death on Oct.
16. The evidence pointed to dialysis filters made by Baxter.
Greising said most big companies run for cover when in
that kind of fix.
"We waited for Baxter to announce there was no proof
its dialyzers were responsible," said Greising.
Instead, Baxter set aside $150 million to cover the cost
of compensating victims, and it closed the plant in Sweden
that produced the filters.
Kraemer said he acted without seeing definitive proof
the 3M solvent had caused the deaths. "I didn't need
to study a lot of cases on this. I needed to do what was
common sense," he said.
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N.Y. TIMES WANTS
ONLY E-MAIL OR FAXES
at The New York Times have stopped opening their
mail. In the wake of two anthrax scares at the paper, staffers
have been told to ask all their sources to send e-mail or
faxes whenever possible.
to any of you who have written to me recently. I threw all
your letters away, unopened," Lisa Belkin wrote in
her Nov. 7 "Life's Work" column.
the backed-up contents of her mailbox at the Times would
fill three postal bins and dated from the days before the
paper started special procedures for handling incoming mail.
whose e-mail address is Belkin@nytimes
.com, said: "Many of the envelopes in my overflowing
bins were hand-printed, with return addresses I did not
recognize. I used to love letters like those - 'real' mail
among the news releases."
is now requiring all employees to wear identification cards,
and meet visitors and guests in the lobby and escort them
upstairs, Belkin said.
NEW EDITORS TAKE OVER FIVE
New editors-in-chief are putting their imprint on Redbook,
Self, Glamour, Marie Claire and Harper's
Their retooling efforts were summed up in a report by
Sara Fiefelholtz for The Chicago Sun-Times.
Here are some excerpts:
--Harper's Bazaar: Glenda Bailey is taking the
magazine back to its fashion roots.
Bailey believes that a modern contemporary fashion magazine
is still relevant for women who want more than ever to experience
beauty in their lives.
She said her job is to produce a party where everyone
She also has reintroduced the column "Why Don't You...?"
created by Diana Vreeland, Bazaar's editor in the `40s and
--Redbook: Ellen Kunes will continue to keep the
magazine's focus on working women and their lifestyles.
She sees no need to redo Redbook, which was transformed
by its previous editor Jane Seymour to a sexier, younger,
more fun and energetic magazine from one filled with recipes
--Marie Claire: Jane Seymour, who replaced Glenda
Bailey, said her challenge is to keep on offering women
smart, service-oriented content that has kept the magazine
hot for a long time.
She also believes the magazine is well-positioned to deal
with issues women face today.
--Glamour: Cyndi Leive will rely less on celebrities
because her readers don't worship them.
Instead, she will focus on providing information of reliable
substance that is relevant to reader's lives, a magazine
that is strong and recognizes that readers want information
about their personal lives and perspective of the world
beyond their own four walls.
--Self: Lucy Danzinger plans to keep the magazine
going in the same direction.
Danzinger said Self is a magazine for women who
feel they should be the best version of themselves.
MAGAZINE FOR YOUNG WOMEN DEBUTS
The first issue of Damez has been published.
The publication, which is described as being both magazine
and catalog, was started by Kristi Kaylor, a TV sitcom producer,
who started Voxxy.com
in 1999, with Jennifer Aniston as the spokeswoman for the
The first issue was mailed free to more than 250,000 women
ages 18-35, with additional distribution on college campuses
and at retail outlets.
The magazine's publicity firm, MediaRiot Strategy &
PR, said Damez will provide a forum for celebrities to express
their views about topics such as social issues, politics,
the environment, family, and health-related matters.
Damez will also show merchandise handpicked by celebrities
and top stylists that readers can buy via a toll free number
or mail order process.
In its first year, Damez will be published six times.
The next issue will be published in February.
Kaylor, who is editor, can be reached at 310/372-1692.
The magazine's offices are located at 510 8th st., Hermosa
Beach, CA 90254.
who covers the real estate beat for The Wall Street Journal,
has signed on to write "Bricks & Mortar,"
an exclusive column for The RealEstateJournal.com,
The Wall Street Journal Guide to Property.
His column on the free website will cover major commercial
real estate deals, trends and newsmakers of the day. It
will include interviews with dealmakers in real estate and
analysis of the biggest deals on the market.
Cygnus Business Media
has acquired Solid Surface Magazine.
The Fort Atkinson, Wisc.-based publisher also owns Wood
Digest, Laminating Design & Technology, Design/Build
Business, Kitchen & Bath Design News and
SSM regularly includes updates on industry events, new
fabrication techniques, better business practices and profiles
of solid surface companies.
is the title of a new quarterly magazine published
by Birmingham, Ala.-based Thomas Andrew Publishing, that
will feature profiles of technology and bioscience companies
that are located in the Southeast.
All of the profiles in the magazine are paid for and written
by the companies who submitted them.
Rhonda Jung is handling profile inquiries at 205/444-0930.
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DEOGUN IS NEW MEDIA EDITOR
Nikhil Deogun has replaced
Laura Landro as marketing and media editor of The Wall
Deogun had been covering
mergers and acquisitions for the Journal.
Landro was promoted to
assistant managing editor, where she will help lead an effort
to infuse a more global perspective into the marketing,
media and entertainment coverage. Landro will also have
an expanded role in coverage of healthcare news. She will
continue to write the "Finicky Traveler" column
in the Weekend Journal.
STAFFERS SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED
Ira Stoll, founder and editor of Smartertimes.com,
is hiring staffers to work for his proposed daily newspaper
that will cover New York.
Stoll, who is based in Brooklyn, said searches are underway
for editors, reporters, page designers and photojournalists.
He said jobs are available in New York, Albany, and Washington,
D.C., in features and culture as well as news.
"Successful applicants will be sagacious scoop-getters,
who can write smooth and fast, who don't mind working hard
and who are excited about covering New York," said
Stoll, who regularly reports on errors of fact and of logic
in The New York Times, which he believes has grown
complacent, slow and inaccurate.
Interested candidates are asked to send a letter and resume
has replaced Robert
Rosenthal as executive editor of The Philadelphia
Inquirer. Lundy was editor of The St. Paul Pioneer
Press since 1990.
a former school teacher. was elected chair of the board
of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, succeeding Frank
Cruz, an award-winning broadcaster.
34, was named editor-in-chief of Skiing Magazine,
published by Time4Media, replacing
Miller has been director and general manager, Internet,
for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic
Winter Games since 1999.
He was a former editor-in-chief for Mountain Sports
& Living (formerly Snow Country), and resides
in Park City, Utah.
host of CNN's "TalkBack Live," has left the daily
talk show. She said she will work with her husband, John
Brimelow, as a media consultant for politicians, corporate
executives and broadcasters.
Dr. Donald Reider
will succeed Dr. Robert
Leach as editor of the bimonthly American Journal
of Sports Medicine, based in Rosemont, Ill.
who is editor-in-chief of Ziff Davis Custom Media, New York,
will oversee State Tech, a new custom magazine for
state government workers.
NEGATIVE NEWS IS 'MURDERING'
The president of the American Society of Travel Agents
said negative news is "murdering travel."
"The government is scaring the hell out of the American
public with vague warnings," Richard Cop-land told
The New York Times.
"You think about taking a trip, all you hear is negative
news," said Copland in an interview with Joe Sharkey
at the start of the four-day ASTA convention, which began
Nov. 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
In a recent survey, travel agents reported business had
barely reached 50% of normal levels for this time of year,
said Copland. Just as leisure travel began showing a little
growth as airlines introduced fare sales, those gains sputtered
out overnight after federal officials issued new warnings
that major terrorist attacks could be imminent, said Copland.
"Look what they're doing on TV now," said Cop-land.
"They can't give you enough visual bad news, so on
the bottom of the screen they print words to give you a
double dose of bad news. This is murdering travel."
Service, a distributor of publicity photos, will
link a photo to a press release at no additional charge.
Bob Goldberg, who runs FPS, said the press releases can
be linked to either the provider's site or to a commercial
is shutting down MH-18, a magazine targeted at teen
boys. It was started as a quarterly in the fall of 2000.
The Nov. 12 issue is the last one.
Ziff Davis is folding
Interactive Week into eWeek (formerly called
PC Week), and closing Smart Partner magazine.
eWeek will include an interactive section, managed
by Rob Fixmer, who was editor-in-chief of IW. Fixmer
also will manage the content of a newsletter and website.
All other editorial staffers of both publications were
is closing its six-year-old "Small Biz"
supplement. Fred Strasser, the supplement's managing editor,
said the last issue is Nov. 21.
Strasser told the six-person staff that the section was
killed by a "really rotten market."
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PR PROS COMMITTED
IN WAKE OF 9/11
11 attacks have had little effect on a PR pro's commitment
to the field of PR, according to a Council of PR Firm's
survey developed by GCI Boxenbaum Grates and Ketchum. The
Council queried 1,116 PR pros across the U.S. for the survey.
of respondents said their commitment to careers in PR has
not changed, while three percent reported an increased commitment.
of the PR pros surveyed describe the industry favorably.
Half said PR is vital to American commerce.
of ten respondents had a negative view of PR, with most
saying that the field is "too/inappropriately opportunistic."
were asked to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10, a series of questions
about the effects of Sept. 11.
percent responding said their personal priorities have changed.
Asked how much of an impact the Sept. 11 attacks had on
them personally, the mean score was 7.8 out of 10, with
33 percent saying there was a "significant impact."
Less than one percent said there was no impact.
prevalent change noted was that they are spending more time
with families and friends. Twenty-eight percent said they
are working fewer hours, and 28 percent said they are less
willing to travel on behalf of clients.
in consumer and brand marketing said they were spending
more time with family and friends (80 percent) while those
in the Midwest were spending more time with religious organizations
percent said their personal priorities have changed "a
percent said the events of the past few weeks have affected
the way they see PR, while 17 percent said it has not had
in consumer and brand marketing said they most likely expect
a significant effect from the attacks, while those working
in financial and IR said they were least likely to feel
a significant impact.
MWW TRIES TO
REVIVE BETHLEHEM STEEL
is helping $4.2 billion Bethlehem Steel in its effort to
restructure under bankruptcy laws.
Kempner and Carreen Winters, senior VP/crisis management,
handle the account of the nation's No. 3 steelmaker that
filed Chapter 11 on Oct. 15.
CEO Bob Miller wants the United Steel Workers union to agree
to 2,000 job cuts in an effort to help Bethlehem rebound.
The company employs 13,000 people.
according to the USW, is also looking for cuts in health
benefits. The union, so far, is opposed to big job cuts.
It suggests work rule changes to reduce Bethlehem's cost
lost $152 million during its third-quarter. For nine months,
Bethlehem totaled losses of $1.4 billion on $2.6 billion
in revenues, which were down 19 percent from the year earlier
claims its market has been battered by "dumped"
LOVALLO GONE FROM WSW
John Lovallo, who joined Weber Shandwick Worldwide as
EVP-corporate & investor relations in May, is no longer
with the firm. His responsibilities have been divvied up
among various executives.
Lovallo joined WSW from Ogilvy PR Worldwide, where he was
responsible for IR/financial communications. He also put
in stints at Morgen-Walke, Banker's Trust and European American
TOM GABLE RECASTS SHOP AS
Tom Gable has shut down The Gable Group, a San Diego high-tech/financial
PR firm, after a 25-year run. The firm had claimed fees
of $3 million in February when it celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The dot-com bust, however, hit TGG hard. The firm, said
Gable, was hurt by bankruptcies of three Internet companies
that did not pay their PR bills.
The acquisition of Vista Info by Fidelity National Financial
Information was another blow. VI was TGG's biggest client.
FNFI took its PR in-house.
Gable has resurfaced as GCS-PR, an entity formed with former
Gable executives Rick Cook and John Schmid.
The firm springs to life with a mix of transportation,
medical, real estate development and venture capital firm
EL SALVADOR ISSUES TRADE PR
El Salvador's National Investment Promotion Commission
has an RFP out for trade PR. Responses are due at the end
of the month.
Fleishman-Hillard has just completed a project worth $150,000
for the Commission, and is pitching the new work. Rissig
Licha, F-H's managing director/Latin America, heads the
account from the PR firm's Coral Gables, Fla., office. She
is assisted by Juan Carlos Bamboa, VP. They report to Carlos
Quintanilla Schmidt, the Commission's president.
Hurricane Mitch, two devastating earthquakes and drought
have battered the economy of El Salvador.
awarded its $70 million ad account to Foote, Cone &
Belding/Chicago, which is a huge relief for its parent company
Interpublic. Omnicom's BBDO and WPP's J. Walter Thompson
Judith Muhlberg, VP-communications at Boeing, said the
company selected FCB because it was "best positioned
to take us to the next level-strengthening and leveraging
our brand worldwide."
FCB, she added, presented a campaign with a "powerful,
simple message that captured the spirit of Boeing."
The aerospace giant put its account in review in July
when it decided to shift its headquarters from Seattle to
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reporters and media that are seen as not being fully "on
board" in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan
are catching a lot of flack.
Typical is the column
in the Nov. 7 New York Post by Jack Kelly in which
he excoriates the press on numerous counts. The press corps
is "one of the largest groups providing aid and comfort
to the Taliban," he wrote. His biggest gripe is that
"many reporters consider themselves to be neutrals
in America's struggle for survival."
role of the press in war should be to report facts that
don't endanger troops and to make sure the government
is leveling with the public. Propaganda is likely to be
unmasked, sooner or later.
The U.S. was motivated to support the war against Iraq in
January 1991 partly because of an $11.8M PR campaign via
Hill and Knowlton under the banner, "Citizens for a
Free Kuwait." It had the open approval of the first
George Bush Admin.
as it was discovered in 1992, long after the war was over,
was 99% funded by the Government of Kuwait. The U.S. Justice
Dept. filing that would have shown the source of the funds
had been unavailable to the press. Justice later said it
"misplaced" the filing.
One particular story
in the campaign captivated the public and helped sway Congress-the
report that Iraqi soldiers were killing babies. Wire service
reports in September 1990 said 315 Kuwaiti babies died as
a result of being separated from incubators.
told the story of Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of incubators
and putting them on the floor to die. She spoke Oct. 10,
1990 to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus following
coaching by H&K.
John MacArthur, publisher
of Harper's, much later found out her identity-she
was the 15-year-old daughter of Kuwait's ambassador to the
U.S. He revealed this in the Jan. 6, 1992 New York Times.
A media storm followed. TV Guide on Feb.22 accused
H&K of spreading "outright misinformation"
and of "systematic manipulation" of news from
Kuwait. The Times, "60 Minutes," "20/20,"
"Crossfire," and others jumped on the story. The
slaughter of the babies turned out to be mostly fiction.
Kroll Int'l interviewed 250 people and found that Nayirah
had only seen one infant on the floor of a hospital during
a brief visit. Kroll said at least seven babies died because
of the removal of life support systems and others died because
parents took them from the hospital too early or didn't
bring them to hospitals.
has another "tiger by the tail" in the Chris Hedges
article on Gaza that Harper's ran in October. The
article (10/31 NL) is now featured on Palestine Media Watch
Whether Hedges told the truth is being hotly debated. He
can be heard retelling his tale (and adding new details)
on the Oct. 30 National Public Radio's "Fresh Air"
Hedges, a top Times reporter, had a page one piece Nov.
8 on Iraqi terror training camps.
are escaping the prejudices, omissions and other failings
of the U.S. press by going to the web to obtain news
and opinions worldwide. Good sources are the Israeli dailies
They are free and open, demanding neither payment nor the
identity of the visitor, and are a day ahead of the U.S.
press. Palestinian and Arab websites include arabnews.com,
They are not as current as the Jewish dailies but have much
that is not on those sites ...zmag.org
has a piece by Columbia Univ. Prof. Edward Said in
which he says no U.S. media will dare print a map of Israel
showing the network of Israeli garrisons, roads, settlements,
and barricades that have chopped up Gaza and the West Bank
into small pieces, because such a map makes mention of a
"Palestinian state" laughable..Haaretz
editorialized Nov. 10 that there can be no peace
until the settlements are abandoned and that, under Sharon,
"the murder of Israelis has become a daily occurrence."
It said, "The mood in this country has never been gloomier"...jpost.com
reported 11/11 that three local and one int'l human
rights groups charged that Israel has resumed the systematic
torture of Palestinian detainees in violation of a court
Watch accuses the U.S. press of ignoring the
finding of the Int'l Committee of the Red Cross Nov. 5 that
Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate the Geneva
Convention. Israel said the Convention does not apply because
the West Bank never belonged to another country...PMW
says National Public Radio and affiliate WBUR, Boston,
are being accused of anti-Israeli bias and have lost sponsors...Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, unveiling his latest
response to attacks by Palestinians, told guardian.co.uk
Nov. 7 that he would bring one million more Jews to Palestine.
A Palestinian spokesperson called Sharon "a pyromaniac
on a powder keg." This story did not make the U.S.
press, which has been avoiding Mid-East news to concentrate
on anthrax stories and the threat of militant Islam. The
New York Post, which
runs a negative piece on Muslims almost daily, on Nov. 5
called for the overthrow of the Gov't of Saudi Arabia by
religious militants, saying the U.S. might be better off
dealing "directly" with the militants "rather
than through their princely puppets"..tompaine.com
has a piece on the press in wartime...wbur.org,
Boston, summarizes in English what is on Al Jazeera, Arabic
TV network with an audience of 50 million+.