Israel Election Results: To Hurry but Not to Haste

The principles guiding coverage of breaking news, such as tonight’s Israeli election results, are well-known: objectivity, speed and accuracy. But with the proliferation of 24/7 news coverage and informal and unchecked media sources, are these principles under threat?

On May 30, 1996, Israelis say they went to sleep with Shimon Peres, and woke up with Benjamin Netanyahu. It was the morning after the elections to the fourteenth Knesset. The caretaker Prime Minister Peres, in power since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin some six months earlier, went head-to-head with the Likud’s new, young leader, Netanyahu, in the first Israeli election where the electorate voted directly...