This one just popped up on the Google news alerts-
The May/June 2011 issue of the authoritative Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), contains an article, “The Lion and the Flea,” in which BAR’s editor, Hershel Shanks, writes: “J’accuse! I accuse the television program 60 Minutes of unethical and irresponsible reporting.”
Authoritative!!!!!! The ‘authoritative BAR’ !!!! HA! Authoritative to who? To casual readers who don’t mind getting their ‘biblical archaeology’ spoon fed to them from the point of view of a pro-Israel rag amidst adverts for antiquities (real and fake) taken from God only knows where.
Authoritative… please. If you want reliable and truly authentically authoritative archaeological news, subscribe to Near Eastern Archaeology. It’s the only magazine dealing with the archaeology of Israel/Palestine that anyone anywhere who knows anything could honestly call ‘authoritative’.
[As to Shanks essay to which the paragraph above refers I can only say, who cares who he accuses of what. I don’t. He’s a lawyer, not a scholar].