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Ex-journalists prominent on Israel Labor list

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 30, 2012 at 8:26 am •  Published: November 30, 2012

Labor is not alone in drawing journalists to its ranks. Popular prime-time TV personality Yair Lapid quit his job this year as a television newsmagazine anchor to form his own political party, Yesh Atid. Another high-profile commentator, Ofer Shelach, has joined his party.

Israel's parliament currently has 11 former media people in its ranks.

Analysts say the recent surge of journalists-turned-politicians reflects in part a desire for new blood in a political scene long dominated by the same faces. Their social activism comes as a refreshing change from the corruption scandals that have tainted a swelling list of politicians.

At the same time, the media stars have the advantage of being both new and familiar.

Others, however, have questioned whether the phenomenon isn't hurting news coverage by compromising its professional bedrock, impartiality.