Saturday, January 03, 2009

In wake of Israel's Gaza attacks, Our Man Elli's interview with Jon Voight is a hot topic again

Israel's recent retaliation in the Gaza Strip has directed worldwide attention to Elli Wohlgelernter-- recently announced as Tabloid Baby's 2008 Journalist of The Year-- and his videotaped interview with an unlikely Hollywood Zionist.

Our Man Elli in Israel was honored for his tireless, influential and groundbreaking coverage of the Israel Baseball League and its surrounding hoopla and mischief, but as a correspondent for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, he also covers politics and war. In May, he interviewed actor Jon Voight, who stands out in his industry as a conservative, pro-Israel hawk, touching on the issues of Hamas and the rocket attacks directed at Israel from Gaza. The interview was posted on YouTube and on this site in the Spring, and has been subject of a surge in viewership after Israel's raids this week.

By this morning, the clip had logged more than 100,000 views.

The YouTube rankings at the turn of the New Year reflect its prominence:

#100 - Most Discussed (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel
#20 - Most Responded (Today) - Israel
#7 - Most Responded (Today) - News & Politics - Israel
#72 - Most Responded (This Week) - Israel
#23 - Most Responded (This Week) - News & Politics - Israel
#53 - Most Viewed (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel
#36 - Top Favorited (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel
#24 - Top Rated (All Time) - News & Politics - Israel

More fuel for Elli's Pulitzer, we'd say.

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