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New York Times Fails to Disclose Author’s Ties to Breaking the Silence

New York Times Fails to Disclose Author’s Ties to Breaking the Silence

A feature article by Rachel Kushner from Shuafat refugee camp in the New York Times fails to reveal that the author’s visit was organized by Breaking the Silence.

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Reuters Belly-Flops on Fact-Checking

UPDATE The Jerusalem Post fact-checked Tablet and Reuters on whether or not the Palestinians have Olympic-sized swimming pools by sending reporters to the West Bank to get a first-hand look. Highlighting a problem with Palestinian sources, the Post writes: All claimed to be the “largest in the West Bank.” All claimed to be used regularly

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The Eight Categories of Media Bias

Media manipulation is one of the most unfortunate aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’ve seen papers blur the distinction between journalism and advocacy, fact-checking failures become fatal, photographers and Palestinians twist reality in mutually beneficial relationships, semantics become politicized and news executives cover up news to protect access. We’ve even seen journalists abuse readers who dared to disagree. None

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Why The Independent Recycles ‘Apartheid’ Week Op-Ed

Pretty weak of The Independent to recycle a 2013 commentary by Matt Hill on whether Israel’s an apartheid state. An editor’s note at the bottom of the commentary acknowledges this, without explaining why. I’ll get to my theory in a moment. It’s Israel Apartheid Week in the UK, and Hill’s dusted-off argument is that the apartheid

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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

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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,

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