"If It Bleeds, It Leads" To Replay On NewsTalk KRLA’s Newsroom Confidential; Program Argues That Media Coverage of Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Is Biased

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NewsTalk KRLA 870 in Los Angeles will rebroadcast a special edition of its popular Newsroom Confidential program, which provides insights on journalists and PR. "If It Bleeds, It Leads" -- which focuses on media coverage of Israel -- will air again on Saturday, August 5th, at 9 p.m. PDT.

NewsTalk KRLA 870 will replay its "If It Bleeds, It Leads" edition of Newsroom Confidential on Saturday night, August 5th, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The show will also be simulcast globally on the Internet at http://www.krla870.com.

Originally broadcast on Sunday, July 31st, this special edition of Newsroom Confidential has generated much discussion and debate regarding how the global news media cover Israel in general and the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah specifically.

A group of media relations experts, journalists, authors and diplomats featured on Newsroom Confidential contend that the media’s appetite for blood and destruction is at least in part to blame for Israel’s poor public image.

Guests on the live program included: Lenny Ben-David, former Deputy Chief of Mission for the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C.; Naomi Ragen, author and columnist, based in Israel; Nonie Darwish, author and speaker with Arabs for Israel; Gary P. Ratner, Executive Director, Western Region of the American Jewish Congress; Simon Plosker, Senior Editor, Honest Reporting.com and Natalia Derevyanny, a public relations expert from Chicago.

“It’s becoming a PR war, and reality to Western media as a whole doesn’t matter any more,” said Darwish, author of the soon to be released Now They Call Me Infidel. “All they [the news media] want is drama and emotions. They want to see blood on TV.”

Ben-David agreed adding that Israel’s culture of honoring the dead and not parading its dead and wounded exacerbates the problem. Ben-David also pointed to the European press’s “philosophical animosity” toward Israel as well as the American media suffering from “little knowledge, little context,” as additional culprits.

Newsroom Confidential host Dean Rotbart, who also serves as executive producer, describes the "If It Bleeds, It Leads" episode as must listening for anyone who is passionate about media coverage of the Middle East.

Newsroom Confidential airs live each Sunday at midnight PDT on NewsTalk KRLA 870 in Los Angeles and is also simulcast live on the Internet at http://www.krla870.com. The one-hour program features an insider’s guide to journalists and public relations.

Newsroom Confidential will also be heard this week in its regular Sunday night time slot featuring a special edition on the ongoing investigation into the 2004 murder of Paul Klebnikov, the editor-in-chief of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine.

The program’s sponsors include NewsBios.com and the One Hour PR Coach (http://www.1hrprcoach.com).

Rebroadcasts of Newsroom Confidential are available for free from its website: http://www.newsroomconfidential.com.

For additional information, contact Dean Rotbart, Newsroom Confidental executive producer, at 1-866-NEWS-070.


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