Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Making The News or Reporting It?
He has been Israeli TV's news anchor since Israeli TV began in the late 1960's.
I don't know if this is true in other parts of the world, but in Israel it is. If you want real power, go into journalism, especially TV journalism. The "elite" running the media here have more influence than any politician.
No doubt that the media and the judicial have more control here than the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and Members of Knesset.
It's not just that when someone is invited to be interviewed on a newsprogram here, he's given the third degree, criticized, argued with and yelled at. It could just be the doubting look in his raised eyebrow. The guest list on news shows, who gets to comment on the news are all among the ways the news team manipulates the program to "make their points." It didn't surprise me to see this headline:
No surprise at all.
For years Israel's Media Watch taped and analyzed Israel's news shows, counting the seconds allocated to the right, left and center. The powerful Israeli journalists were insulted. "We're professionals."
Now, finally, Haim Yavin spilled the beans and admitted the truth. He and his friends have been working hard these past forty-plus years to politically influence the Israeli public.