General UK Media

Matti Friedman discusses ‘An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth’


The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the [Gaza] war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international news industry; decent people, many of them, and some of them my former colleagues. – Matti Friedman (former AP correspondent)

On Aug. 26th we published excerpts from a masterful, widely shared article about media bias against Israel (in Tablet Magazine) by former AP correspondent Matt Friedman, titled ‘An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth‘. Recently, Friedman joined Yishai Fleisher for in-studio interview to discuss his article, and shed further light on the question of why the media gets the Arab-Israeli Conflict so consistently wrong.

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  1. Yes, Matti is becoming a media star. Good luck to him. He calls himself a leftist but he’s right in line with most of Israel. So are we all left? We’re all Israelis and see the problem clearly.

    We all have antisemitism-phobia.

  2. This man deserves to win Journalist Of The Year. Someone from the BBC / Guardian / Independent should invite him over here so that British audiences can hear what truthful, honest, courageous reporting really sounds like.

    Thank you, Matti!!