Jews, Journalists And Junkets: Why Australian Media Covers Palestine So Badly

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Jews, Journalists And Junkets: Why Australian Media Covers Palestine So Badly

Michael Brull spoke at a one-day symposium in Melbourne last week, organised by Australians For Palestine. Following is an edited version of that speech.

In speaking today, I was asked to discuss why Australian journalists go on propaganda tours of Israel, instead of looking at how Israel oppresses the Palestinians.

For some journalists, the answer is straightforward. For whatever reason, they are ideologically sympathetic to Israel, and so they’re eager to go on these trips to bolster their already existing worldviews.

Take Sharri Markson, currently a senior writer at the Australian. This example will give you a sense of her worldview.

Markson published on twitter what she called a “thoughtful question” from a newsletter about Peter Slezak, spotted speaking at an “anti-Israel rally” wearing a…

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