Author Archives: Simon Plosker


Boston Bombings Demonstrate Journalistic Failings

Boston Bombings Demonstrate Journalistic Failings

It seems that the media’s penchant for reporting first and investigating later isn’t limited only to Israel and the Middle East. The appalling Boston Marathon terror attack and the subsequent manhunt unsurprisingly dominated the recent news. But how many rumors and untruths appeared on TV and in the newspapers before the real details emerged? Calling

The Untold Story: Palestinians in Palestinian Jails

Credit to Tim Marshall of Sky News who consistently analyzes Middle East issues with an expert eye and the rare ability to put stories into a proper perspective. While so many in the international media tend to focus on Israel alone, Marshall is not afraid to ask difficult questions of the other side as well.

Prisoner X: Israel Compared to the Gulag

The headline “Israel’s Prisoner X driven to suicide by interrogation, lawyer suggests” conjures images of torture, water boarding and all round human rights abuses – something that The Guardian’s readers, fed on a diet of anti-Israel stories, would be keen to embrace. Lacking a smoking gun of abuse, Peter Beaumont instead indulges in pure fiction


HR Stars in Jerusalem Report Feature Article

The latest print edition of the Jerusalem Report runs a feature article “Watchdogs on the Media Battlefield” with substantial input from and focus on the work of HonestReporting. The article interviews HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker, whose photo working at his desk in HR’s International HQ in Jerusalem takes up a two-page spread. Here are