This project sets out to demonstrate that media coverage can degrade a society’s image by using selective news without context. This blog uses Los Angeles as an example. It is a reaction to the frequent misrepresentations of Israel in many ways in major media. Although the local LA TV news media has been somewhat fair in its coverage of the Middle East – in general – the national media has not, ESPECIALLY the LA Times, the sources of which will be used extensively in this blog's coverage of LA.
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News coverage from Israel is often distorted if measured against the 'Code of Ethics' guidelines of journalism. The origins of “bad news” about a country thus lie with numerous foreign (and even local) media. This project exposes one of many methods used. The blog that started it all, “Bad News from the Netherlands" has raised major international interest since it appeared on the web in October 2007. Many thanks are due to all those who have contributed news, ideas and financing. Support us to expand this project. Act against the biased media: start a “bad news” blog about another country (or metropolitan area). If you need any help getting started, please contact email@example.com.
The "Bad News Movement" is not a franchise, but consists of independent initiatives of which Bad News from the Netherlands is the first. Yet as the initiator of the movement, we would like to make a few suggestions to those who want to establish similar projects:
1. Always keep in mind the target of the blog: showing only negative items about a country makes its society aware of how some of their media distort the image of Israel.
2. Focus on items from leading sources such as the government, major media, well-known institutions.
3. Do not concentrate on one or a few areas. Deal with as many major aspects of the country as possible: government, politics, justice, media, culture, civil society, etc.
4. Do not exaggerate issues beyond what is mentioned. A collection of bad news is bad enough without blowing up the facts. Let the facts speak for themselves.
5. While one can draw part of the information from the more sensational papers, let them not dominate the blog.
6. Do not emphasize ethnicity of people where it is irrelevant to the issue.
7. When necessary, provide comments on issues which require it, but try to present the majority of issues without comment.