Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Ideology of Globe and Mail on Lebanon coverage

The Manichean Middle East of Mark MacKinnon: Globe and Mail coverage of Lebanon suffers from ideological interventions by Stefan Christoff and Dru Oja Jay

When newspapers send correspondents afield to report on world events, the position is fraught with opportunity and responsibility. Opportunity to share meaningful insight into current events, and responsibility to accurately report on them. In many cases, unfortunately, other motivations prevail. For the owners and editors of the few papers that shell out for foreign correspondents, the opportunity to shape public opinion seems too tempting to pass up, even if it comes at the expense of insight and accuracy.

The Globe and Mail's Middle East correspondent Mark MacKinnon has been publishing dispatches on the ongoing political crisis in Lebanon regularly from Beirut. It should be noted that Mackinnon's reports are often superior to the generic newswire reports carried by many newspapers. Regrettably, this speaks more to the skewed quality of wire reports and less to the Globe's correspondent's capacity to promote accurate understanding of events in Lebanon.

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