Danny Schechter, executive editor of MediaChannel.org, discusses his new article that revisits journalist Helen Thomas’s career-ending Israel gaffe; how selective quotation from the “gotcha” clip turned Thomas’s poorly phrased response into “proof” of her anti-Semitism; the media hit pieces, gloating about Thomas’s exile, that make clear there is little tolerance in Washington for Israel-critics; and Schechter’s firsthand account – while working for ABC News in 1982 – of an Israeli campaign to stop the airing of an investigative news story about the West Bank.
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Danny Schechter is a journalist, author, television producer and an independent filmmaker who also writes and speaks about economic and media issues. His blog is here.
He is the executive editor of MediaChannel.org, the world’s largest online media issues online network, and recipient of many awards including the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary Journalism.
His latest films are “Barack Obama, People’s President , an examination of how Obama won and “IN DEBT WE TRUST: America Before The Bubble Bursts,”  an investigation of the impact of credit and debt on American society.