Headlines certainly deserve scrutiny. It’s well-known that we don’t read most of the articles in our daily papers; we skim the headlines before being drawn to whatever draws our attention. The same habits apply on social media, where we scroll through our Facebook or Twitter feeds and click on whatever catches our fancy. An April,…
The Globe & Mail’s Patrick Martin has invented and falsified a wide variety of “facts” about the Israeli Prime Minister’s private thoughts, emotions and public positions on the election of Donald Trump, with no source or basis whatsoever.
The Times of London takes the comments of a minor Israeli government minister on the Trump election victory and creates a headline claiming a non-existent Israeli plan for a “settlement building spree.”
UPDATE The Evening Standard responded to HR reader complaints by revising the wording of its “Israel Occupation Forces” reference. The term’s not in the reporter’s voice anymore, but A) highlighting the term in the first place and B) not identifying the name of the Friends of Palestine Society spokesman who said it is still poor…
Whether or not she crossed the line of anti-Semitism herself, Rachel Smalley’s sleight-of-hand attempt to cloak her misleading accusations in the mantle of “legitimate criticism” is disingenuous.
The New York Times’s Diaa Hadid implies that there is something nefarious about Israeli security measures designed to limit their impact on the wider Palestinian population.
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…
The results of a survey are interpreted by The Independent to claim that nearly half of Israeli Jews believe in “ethnic cleansing.”
Benjamin Netanyahu announces the building of security fences to keep out “beasts” that threaten Israel. The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont misrepresents who the “beasts” really are.
It is part of a larger wave of biased reporting that sees “The Return of Casualty Figures as a Moral Barometer.” In other words, the simple belief that the side with the greater number of casualties is necessarily the side with the greater moral claim.