Press: A Double Standard for Israel?

Censorship policies bruise relations with U.S. networks

Suddenly, during a TV news report on the Israeli conflict in Lebanon, the screen goes blank. White lettering appears on a stark black background: "22 seconds deleted by Israeli censors." Or footage is left intact, but a legend is superimposed: "Cleared by Israeli censors." Night after night during the past couple of weeks, such unfamiliar signs of censors' intrusions have punctuated newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS, usually in stories about suffering by Lebanese civilians in bombed-out Beirut.

Almost all nations censor reports during war, and many...

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