The New York Times’ Coverage of the Middle East: A Debate

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Date/Time: 10/12/2007 12:00 am

This event is organized by Alwan.
The New York Times’ Coverage of the Middle East: A Debate Moderated
by Lisa Anderson with Ethan Bronner and Howard Friel 
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 7 PM 
Free and Open to the Public.
Sponsored by the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association.
The panelists will debate the New York Times’ coverage of The Middle
East, with emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the
impact that such coverage by the Times, the paper of record, has on
other media outlets and on shaping public opinions.
Lisa Anderson was the sixth dean to lead the School of International
and Public Affairs, established in 1946. She has been on the faculty
of Columbia since 1986 and just prior to her appointment, served as
chair of the political science department at Columbia. Dean Anderson
also served as director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute from 1990
to 1993. In addition to her responsibilities at Columbia, Dean
Anderson is the past president of the Middle East Studies Association
and chair of the board of directors of the Social Science Research
Council. She is a member of the council of the American Political
Science Association and serves on the board of the Carnegie Council
on Ethics in International Affairs. She is member emerita of the
board of Human Rights Watch, where she served as cochair of Human
Rights Watch/Middle East. She is also a member of the Council on
Foreign Relations. She is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising
Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century
(Columbia 2003); The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and
Libya, 18301980 (Princeton 1986); editor of Transitions to Democracy
(Columbia 1999); and coeditor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism
(Columbia 1991). 
Ethan Bronner is deputy foreign editor who oversees the Middle East
coverage at the New York Times, and will be the new bureau chief in
Jerusalem in the spring, 2008. He previously served as assistant
editorial page editor of the Times, and before that worked in the
paper’s investigative unit, focusing on the attacks of Sept. 11. A
series of articles on al Qaeda that Bronner helped edit during that
time was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.
He was the paper’s education editor from 1999 to 2001 and its
national education correspondent from 1997 to 1999. Bronner, a
graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbia University Graduate
School of Journalism, began his journalistic career at Reuters in
1980, reporting from London, Madrid, Brussels and Jerusalem. He
worked for The Boston Globe from 1985 until 1997, where he started on
general assignment and urban affairs. He went on to be the paper’s
Supreme Court and legal affairs correspondent in Washington, D.C. and
then its Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. Bronner is the
author of Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America
(Norton, 1989), which was chosen by The New York Public Library as
one of the 25 best books of 1989.
Howard Friel has a B.A. in English Literature from Saint Joseph’s
College in Philadelphia, and writes about the news media and
international law. He is coauthor with Richard Falk of The Record of
the Paper: How The New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy
(Verso, 2004) and with Falk of Israel-Palestine on Record: How The
New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (Verso, 2007).
He is currently writing a book on the Wall Street Journal editorial
page and its coverage of the Bush administration’s military and
foreign policy. He has also edited a number of books pertaining to
U.S. foreign policy and international law, including United States
Economic Measures Against Cuba: Proceedings in the United Nations and
International Law Issues and The World Court Project on Nuclear
Weapons and International Law . 
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