Look who’s fair and balanced

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Graduate School of Media and Communications


The summer of 2006 marked an important milestone for Arab media. Israel and Hizbollah were locked in a bitter conflict that would claim the lives of more than 150 Israelis and an estimated 1,000 Lebanese--a third of them children. Each day brought brutal new images of civilian casualties. On American television, leading journalists, such as CNN's star presenters Anderson Cooper and John Roberts, regularly referred to Hizbollah as" terrorists" or a" terrorist militia," without bothering to attribute the label to Israeli or US sources. But on the news broadcasts of the Arab world's dominant all-news channels, Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, such polarizing language was rarely heard.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

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Yale Global Online. Available at: yaleglobal. yale. edu (accessed 22 December 2011)