Discourse and public opinion on the question of Palestine—and every other issue for that matter—are largely shaped by the mainstream media. Palestine remains remote for the average American consumer of information who is generally less concerned with foreign affairs than with the domestic issues that directly impact daily life. In moments of crisis, however, media coverage of Palestine increases significantly, sometimes to the point of saturation. Such “crisis moments,” despite being few and far between, can have a significant and lasting impact on shaping public opinion, rendering it critically important to understand and analyze the coverage of Israel's latest assault on Gaza—as well as the discourse surrounding the issue.
Jodi Rudoren, “Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from the Gaza Conflict,” New York Times, 5 August 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/middleeast/civilian-or-not-new-fight-in-tallying-the-dead-from-the-gaza-conflict.html?_r=1.
Isabel Kershner, “Killing and Retaliation at Gaza-Israel Border Follow Violent Cycle,” New York Times, 24 December 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/world/middleeast/israeli-palestinian-violence.html?_r=0; Yousef Munayyer, “Israel, and Kershner, Strike Again,” Permission to Narrate (blog), The Jerusalem Fund, 24 December 2014, http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2013/12/israel-and-kershner-strike-again.html. The editing of the original NYT article can be followed at “NewsDiffs: Tracking Online News Over Time,” a website that provides an archive of changes in articles after publication. See “Killing and Retaliation at Gaza-Israel Border Continue Violent Cycle (NYT), Change Log,” Newsdiffs, last updated December 24, 2013, 9:05 p.m., http://newsdiffs.org/article-history/www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/world/middleeast/israeli-palestinian-violence.html.
Yousef Munayyer, e-mail message to NYT editors, 26 December 2013.
Jodi Rudoren, e-mail message to author, 27 December 2014.
“Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends,” Pew Research, 7 March 2014, http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/03/07/millennials-in-adulthood/.