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The Independent Headline That Sums Up the Bias

The Independent Headline That Sums Up the Bias

If there was ever a headline that sums up the one-sided view that Israel and only Israel can and should make concessions in peace negotiations with the Palestinians, this is it in The Independent: So, according to The Independent, simply recognizing the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state is “impossible” for Mahmoud Abbas. And

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Telegraph Implies Tel Aviv is Israel’s Capital

How many times does the UK media need to be reminded that Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel? A story in the Daily Telegraph on U.S. President Obama’s meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu contains the following paragraph: Israel’s parliament, foreign ministry and most other organs of government are based in Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv.

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South African News Puff Piece Promotes Israel Apartheid Week

South Africa’s SABC Newsroom is the main morning TV weekday news program on South Africa’s public broadcaster. On the morning of March 4, SABC gave a platform to two activists promoting Israel Apartheid Week. A professional and balanced presenter would have qualified his statements by acknowledging that Israeli “apartheid” is a perception rather than a

Monday at AIPAC: HR’s Joe Hyams Discusses The Media

HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams is due to appear at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference today in Washington  D.C. He’ll be participating in a 12:30 p.m. panel discussion on “Middle East Media: Covering a Region in Turmoil.” Also on the panel are CAMERA’s CEO, Andrea Levin, and The Israel Project’s CEO, Josh Block.

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The Guardian Changes “Jewish Lobby” Headline

An opinion piece by Alan Elsner appeared on The Guardian’s website in advance of the upcoming AIPAC conference: But a look at the article’s URL gives a clue as to the original headline: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/26/aipac-american-jewish-lobby-support-kerry-mideast-peace Indeed, a bit of online digging and a look at some retweets on Twitter such as this below reveal that the

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German Paper Apologizes for Yet Another Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Süddeutsche Zeitung (the same paper which apologized for a cartoon demonizing Israel last year) apologized on Twitter for another anti-Semitic-themed cartoon.  This time around, cartoonist Burkhard Mohr, caricatured Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as a long-nosed octopus controlling the world. Not smart. If you don’t get why, see the Daily Mail, which compared Mohr’s caricature to similar Nazi imagery. What’s with these German

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Joe Hyams to Students: BDS is Most Pressing Media Challenge Today

  HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams addressed a mixed group of graduate and undergraduate students at Brandeis University in Boston last week, discussing the power of social media to shape public opinion and the threat posed by the burgeoning Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Joe noted that Brandeis University was one of the first to

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To Err is Human, But Algorithms Can Be Screwy Too

The related reading you commonly see alongside news articles are based on computer algorithms so that editors don’t have to spend time manually plugging in related content. The concept is simple: a computer judges — based on keywords, date, and other factors — what articles are “related.” Then it automatically posts the article’s headline and

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