CAMERA's Israel office today prompted correction of an Associated Press article which erroneously referred to the Western Wall as "the last retaining wall of the biblical Jewish temple" ("Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker: Reform Jews don't believe in Temple," 6:49 am GMT).
First, the Western Wall is not a retaining wall of the temple itself, but of the mount on which the temples stood. Second, it is not the mount's "last retaining wall." The southern, eastern and northern retaining walls are also still extant.
In response to communication from CAMERA, AP commendably updated the article and amended the misinformation. The amended article (9:00 am GMT) now correctly refers to the holy site "a retaining wall of the compound where the biblical Jewish temples once stood."
CAMERA's timely action and AP's quick correction of today's wire story underscores the value of the organization's work monitoring and responding to wire stories in the same news cycle as they appear. With this preemptive work, CAMERA's Israel office helps prevent misinformation from appearing in media outlets around the world.
For additional AP corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.