I've been zigzagging my way between Israel and the West Bank to avoid IDF checkpoints. When we enter the Palestinian territories where emotions ran high, my Palestinian driver almost has a fit when he finds out that my cameraman is an Israeli.
The Internet is doing what radio and television could not do: it's killing the American newspaper. And until every newspaper publisher in this country rebels, the slow death of newspapers will continue.
As with GM, it has been easier and far more immediately profitable for big publishers to just keep selling the "SUVs" of books until their business model went into the toilet rather than try to prepare for a new world.
The media is falling back into old habits perfected during the Clinton scandals of the 90s. The not-so-subliminal message in this coverage: You thought things would be different with Obama. But they're not.
If our journalists in the Arab world were as good at investigating and writing stories as they were in shoe tossing, we would have perhaps uncovered a whole series of Abu Ghraibs or even more horrific stories.
Many countries have a partially nationalized media and not slipped into absolute dictatorships. So why not go public -- either create a truly new national news organization or transform and fund the hell out of NPR?