Language in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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One of the persistent themes in the work of the Guardian readers’ editor’s office is the Israel-Palestine conflict – a conflict that has proved to be one of the most intractable of the past century, says Readers’ Editor Chris Elliott.

No matter how carefully words are chosen, Elliott says there will always “be readers reaching for their keypads to complain about the way I have framed the conflict, readers who believe passionately that the Guardian is either pro-Israel or pro-Palestine.”

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Do Things Go Better with Koch?

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“The issue is not whether Mr. Koch or others give money; the question is whether they use that money to influence programming. Put another way, is there a quid pro quo between the contribution and the content of the programming” says Joel Kaplan, CPB Ombudsman.

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The caption on this photo isn’t bull

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Some readers had a cow over a Globe and Mail caption describing a cow jumping over revellers in the bullring in Pamplona, Spain, during the annual running of the bulls festival, says Public Editor Sylvia Stead.

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Covering New War, in Shadow of Old One

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“As things heat up again in Iraq, readers are watchful for news coverage and opinion writing that reminds them of past mistakes,” says New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan.

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Maintaining a critical distance

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“Two strident critics of the readers’ editor of The Hindu seem to believe the role of the RE is to unequivocally support the views of the readers,” says A.S. Panneerselvan, but he notes, “this is a misplaced belief.”

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Journalism’s future, the CBC, and a few other notions

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Jeffrey Dvorkin weighs in on the CBC’s latest strategic plan — to move from being a broadcaster to a “media company”.

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