Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Text Message Blitz: Israel is a news-obsessed nation. As in most countries, when big stories break everyone is glued to the TV, radio, or Internet. But Israelis take it one step further than watching the news - they begin calling and text messaging their friends and family asking if they know what is going on, and swapping stories about ways in which they were related to the event.

Unlike a bombing, when everyone gets on the phone to check if their loved ones are OK, there are very few people in Israel who have a personal connection to Ariel Sharon's illness.

But Wednesday evening, when Israeli TV showed Mr. Sharon being rushed to the hospital, correspondent Rafael Frankel received a flood of text messages and phone calls. "Have you seen the news? Is he going to be OK? What's going to happen if he dies?" they asked. "All I could say or text message back was, 'I don't know,' " says Rafael. …

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