Author Archives: Alex Margolin


Khulood Badawi Finally Fired from UN

Khulood Badawi Finally Fired from UN

Nearly a full year after HonestReporting exposed False Photo Tweeter Khulood Badawi as a staff member of the Jerusalem branch of the UN Office of Coordinated Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN has concluded its lengthy investigation and removed Badawi from its staff. Badawi gained attention last March during an uptick in violence between Israel and


Another Dispiriting Lesson from the New York Times

In a staff-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, editors argue that a “dispiriting lesson” from Chuck Hagel’s nomination process is that “the political space for discussing Israel forthrightly is shrinking.” But a deeper look at the language the Times’ uses in the editorial reveals another dispiriting lesson – the Times continues to apply a double


HR Awarded ‘Hasby” for Best Media Monitor

HonestReporting is proud to announce that we’ve been named Best Mainstream Media Watchdog in Elder of Ziyon’s annual “Hasby” Awards. In a close race, HR beat out fellow nominees BBC Watch, CIF Watch, CAMERA, David G Daily Mideast Media Sampler, and Huffington Post monitor. Other winners included the Times of Israel for Best English Language Pro-Israel


HonestReporting Hits Weekend with Three Media Appearances

It was a banner week for HonestReporting in the media, with HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker publishing no less than two op-eds on Thursday alone. The following day, the Jerusalem Post singled out HonestReporting for praise for its work on behalf of HR’s image abroad. Plosker’s op-ed in the Times of Israel examined the media’s


10. CBS 60 Minutes: An Unholy Attack on Israel

Although 60 Minutes enjoys a strong reputation for hard-hitting journalism, it doesn’t always live up to its lofty status. It’s report on the flight of Christians in the holy land was a case-in-point. The report blamed Israel’s security barrier for much of the Christian plight in the West Bank and ignored or downplayed the role


9. Communique – Top Five Media Fails of Gaza War

Like all Arab-Israeli conflicts, the battle for hearts and minds in Operation Pillar of Defense took place alongside the military battle. Of course, it also included a numerous cases of false or distorted information getting out to the general public. We rounded up the five worst cases during the first week of the war. As


8. Communique – Israel Made Me Beat My Wife

In some quarters, Israel can do no right, and the Palestinians can do no wrong. So we shouldn’t be surprised when The Guardian blames Israel for domestic abuse in Palestinian society: “Before the blockade, my husband used to make good money working in Israel,” she says. “With the blockade, that all stopped. When he can’t

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7. Video – How to Fake an Anti-Israel News Photo

Photo bias has been one of the worst areas of media bias in recent years. While the number of images that have been distorted through photoshop have dropped in recent years, there has been no shortage in staged photos that intentionally present Israel in a bad light. It’s even worse when the staged photos are