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NPR Covers Up the Ethnic Cleansing of Jews

NPR Covers Up the Ethnic Cleansing of Jews

NPR’s failed attempt to explain settlements is offensive to Jewish victims of ethnic cleansing and an embarrassment to journalism.

Defining Bias #8: Lack of Transparency

Part eight of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #8 Lack of Transparency Failing to be open and accountable to readers. The issue of media transparency goes right to the heart of the beepest questions about journalism. Is media objectivity possible? Is there even such a thing as true objectivity?

HonestReporting’s Top Content of 2016

We had a busy year, with media critiques, news roundups, videos, graphics, social media posts, news literacy articles, and new foreign language content monitoring Brazilian and French media. As 2016 draws to a close, here’s a look back at the top 10 pieces of content that had our growing readership buzzing. You can follow HR

Why US Election Coverage Is a Wake Up Call for Israel’s Supporters

The dust is still settling on the most divisive presidential election campaign in recent memory. Shocking not just the US but the rest of the world, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. There’s a lot of media introspection (or more aptly, post-mortems) as editors and journalists try to figure out

Defining Bias #7: Distortion of Facts

Part seven of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #7 Distortion of Facts Getting the facts wrong. Thanks to today’s technology, anyone from a professional journalist to an amateur passerby with a smart phone can instantly post breaking news online. But in the rush to be first, fact-checking often gets

Defining Bias: Final Thoughts and Acknowledgements

At first glance, the news landscape doesn’t look encouraging. We sift through an endless stream of instant news updates. Yet, rather than enlighten us, the technology overloads and overwhelms us. Before we can finish digesting the latest developments, the news industry moves on to the next “big story” that may or may not demand our

Defining Bias #6: Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions

Part six of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #6 Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions Media reports frequently use true facts to draw erroneous conclusions. Even if all the facts are accurate, it’s still possible for journalists to draw illogical conclusions. To err is human, right? Watch Haviv

Defining Bias #5: Selective Omission

Part five of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #5 Selective Omission By choosing to report certain events over others, or withholding key details, the media controls access to information. Carelessly overlooking or excluding key facts is sloppy journalism. Cherry-picking details, at worst, is manipulative. Watch Haviv Rettig Gur of

Defining Bias #4: Lack of Context

Part four of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #4 Lack of Context Context describes the conditions in which something happens. Without a frame of reference for readers, journalists can dramatically distort the true picture. For a newcomer to a contentious issue, context-free news is like walking into a cinema halfway

Defining Bias #3: Opinions Disguised as News

Part three of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #3 Opinions Disguised as News A journalist’s job is to report facts without injecting his own opinion or interpretation of events. Reporters are entitled to their opinions, and veteran journalists have insights that can and should enrich the public’s understanding of

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