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Latma

Latma
Web address
Slogan למה שתתעצבן לבד? (Why should you get annoyed alone?)
Type of site Satire and News webstie
Owner Shlomo Blass
Editor Caroline Glick
Launched December 2008

Latma (Hebrew: לאטמה‎, translation from Arabic: ‎ "slap in the face" is an Israeli media criticism website that also produces a weekly satirical news show.

The website was created in 2008 by a group of journalists claiming that "the only way to improve the Public discourse is exposing the true face of the news and journalism in whole". According to the site, the majority of the Israeli media, and especially the satire that is presented in them, lean to the political left. The site contains criticism about media outlets, reporters and journalists. The criticism is mostly directed towards politically biased articles.

The site's editor is Caroline Glick. The regular writers are Shuky Blass and Avishai Ivri. The site's CEO is Shlomo Blass.

Latma TV

The Tribal Update

One of Latma's creations is "The Tribal Update", a mock news show, featuring anchors Ronit Shapira (née Avrahamof) and Elchanan Even-Chen. CBS News characterizes the program as a "a parody TV show — kind of like Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update." According to CBS, the anchor gravely explains, in Hebrew, that "this is the newscast that reaches conclusions long before the facts are known."[1]

Glick told the Jerusalem Post that the group was founded with the intention of using comedy to critique the "egregious leftist slant of news coverage in this country."[2] According to the New York Times, Latma "is an initiative of the Center for Security Policy, a Washington think tank".[3]

LatmaTV is staffed by Tal Gil'ad (screenplay), Avishay Ivri, the editor, directors Aviv and Yoni Karsutzki, writers Noam Jacobson and Yehuda Safra, and the actors. Guest writers include Shlomi Catz and Itay Elitzur.

Swedish antisemitism satire

Following the 2009

We Con the World

Main article: We Con the World

In 2010 Latma produced a

In July 2011, while the second flotilla to Gaza was planned, Latma released another parody about the flotilla: a parody of Beach Boys's song and video Fun, Fun, Fun called Guns, Guns, Guns, where the flotilla sailors sing about their purpose: to bring weapons to Gaza. This video had less success than We Con the World.

The Three Terrors

Other videos

In August 2010, Latma release a parody of

Awards

  • Latma was awarded the Israel Media Watch 2011 prize, given to "organizations that made courageous, meaningful, and quality contributions to the criticism of the media in Israel". It was chosen by an online poll involving over 4,000 voters.[13] According to Israel Media Watch, Latma brings balance to the left-wing bias of mainstream Israeli satire.[14]

External links

  • Latma TV website
  • Latma TV youtube channel

References

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