October 27, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Who is lurking in the shadows?

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency sends an unprededented email trumpeting a special investigation: Tainted Teachings (JTA)

Saudi Arabia is paying to influence the teaching of American public schoolchildren. And the U.S. taxpayer is an unwitting accomplice. A special JTA investigation uncovers the complex path by which teaching materials creep into U.S. public schools. It reveals who creates these materials and how some of America's most prestigious universities — with the use of federal funds — help disseminate them.

One question, though: Why are the stories credited "JTA Staff Report"? And what does it mean that a story has the tag credit, "JTA Editor Lisa Hostein and correspondent Sue Fishkoff in Sacramento were among the contributors to this report."?

Does it mean that all the quotes were obtained by Hostein or Fishkoff? Was the story written by someone who needs to remain anonymous? Did a story submitted by a staff member need so much rewriting that it was credited to the staff as a whole -- something rather unprecedented?

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