Tag Archives: Lack of transparency


Tripping Over the Distinction Between Journalists and Activists

Tripping Over the Distinction Between Journalists and Activists

You probably saw the footage of a videographer who tripped and kicked refugees fleeing a camp near the Hungarian border village of Roszke. I wouldn’t call Petra Lazlo a “journalist.” She worked for N1TV, a station founded and run by the far-right anti-immigrant (and anti-Semitic) Jobbik Party. That makes Lazlo an activist, not a journalist, no matter what media credentials


When Anonymous Washington Sources Sling Mud At Israel

Love them or hate them, the news industry needs anonymous sources. Sometimes, the information they provide can’t be obtained from anywhere else. I get that. But journalists must use nameless sources with caution. They make news less transparent — readers have to place a lot more trust in the reporter that the source is credible,


Israel’s Existence Lost in BBC Translation

The BBC and its translators leave me at a loss for words. A documentary, Children of the Gaza War (part one aired last night), came under criticism because reporter Lyse Doucet and the Beeb’s translators made a poor judgement call. Whenever Palestinian kids used the word Arabic word, Yahud (which means Jew), the translators translated it as “Israeli.” The


CNN and the Dubious Journalism of Assertion

In the face of criticism, Don Melvin, the CNN reporter who wrote a poorly-sourced story alleging that Israeli settlers chopped down 800 olive trees, doubled–down on Twitter. But absent any independent verification on Melvin’s part, his report is yet another example of what media wonks refer to as the “journalism of assertion.” That’s the idea


CNN’s Journalism Goes to the Dogs

Just what is going on at CNN? According to a report: The official Palestianian news agency is reporting that Israeli settlers have chopped down and seized about 800 Palestinian-owned olive trees near the town of Shuyukh, east of Hebron.   The report, by WAFA, the Palestine News & Information Agency, cited “a local source,” whom