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HonestReporting obtains correction from BBC

In response to the HonestReporting communique on skewed children’s primers on the Mideast conflict, BBC has changed the wording in two sections of their kids’ website: The lead page no longer claims that “Arab Muslims used to own the land Israel now controls,” but rather that “at the heart of the conflict is a dispute

T-shirt protests

The Governor of West Virginia has demanded that the clothes company Abercrombie and Fitch stop selling a popular T-shirt that plays off on the stereotype of that region as a haven for incest.   Their idea of Palestinian ‘freedom’ apparently includes the elimination of the State of Israel.

Wash Post ombud on ‘T-word’

In the March 17 HonestReporting communique, we critiqued the ongoing double standard at news outlets such as the Washington Post, which described the Madrid bombing as “the worst terror attack in modern Spanish history,” but insisted on calling the nearly-simultaneous (and nearly-identical) Ashdod bombing as the work of Palestinian “militants.” In apparent response to this

Nothing Left to Lose

Allison Kaplan Sommer on the Israeli man-on-the-street’s reaction to downing Yassin: Whenever I challenged someone with the old arguments, by saying, “But aren’t you worried about the retaliation? Don’t you think this is going to provoke some terrible terror attacks? Isn’t it just going to make things worse?” the response was the same: “And you

Sheikh Yassin’s ‘Happiest Day’

HonestReporting has just released a communique on coverage of the targeted killing of Ahmad Yassin — view it here. To receive HR communiques by email, simply sign up above. See also: – Why Israel Targeted Ahmad Yassin, by the Israeli Foreign Ministry – Targeted Killings Can Save Lives, by Tuvia Blumenthal

Jack Kelley’s terror tale

USA Today’s Jack Kelley has been dismissed after the paper found he fabricated many of his stories. One of Kelley’s biggest stories was his claim to have personally witnessed the Sbarro’s pizzaria bombing in Jerusalem in 2001, which earned him a Pulizer nomination. But USA Today reporters now say he probably made the whole thing

Palestinian propaganda in US textbooks

HonestReporting recently exposed the anti-Israel bias of two children’s primers from BBC and Knight Ridder. FrontPage magazine now has an article entitled ‘Textbooks for Jihad’ that finds that prestigious American textbook publishers such as Prentice-Hall, Simon and Schuster, TCI, and others are educating children to the “Arab point of view” and its aspirations of world

BBC radio’s moral nihilism

The BBC’s Today program this morning tackled the issue everyone’s been struggling with: “In the aftermath of the Madrid bombings, we discuss the difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist.” So who did they bring on the show to clarify this for us? Palestinian hijacker and hostage-taker Leila Khaled, and IRA publicity head Danny

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