1. STAY INFORMED
For comprehensive but concisely presented daily information about Israeli current events and U.S. policy decisions, subscribe to the Daily Alert from the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Send a blank message to: email@example.com
For more in-depth coverage of what's happening in the Middle East, spend at least 10 minutes a day at one or more of the following websites:
2. CALL/WRITE THE MEDIA
As soon as you hear a one-sided or inaccurate report, pick up the phone and call the news organization. It only takes a minute! If it was inaccurate, explain the error and ask that it be publicly corrected. If it was one-sided, state that the report was not objective. If you can, provide some details.
* Were the opinions of both sides represented?
* Was the report skewed by the use of terms or language associated with only one side's perspective?
* Was key information missing (lack of context)?
* Did the reporter editorialize in what was supposed to be an objective news story?
If you are unable to make a phone call, write a letter.
Here are E-mails and/or phone numbers for major news organizations:
firstname.lastname@example.org (NY Times) 888-698-6397 Also: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org(Washington Post) 202-334-7512
email@example.com (Time magazine) 212-522-3817
firstname.lastname@example.org(Newsweek magazine) 212-445-4585
email@example.com(US News & World Report) 202-955-2000
firstname.lastname@example.org(USA Today) 703-276-3400
email@example.com (overall MSNBC mailbox) 201-583-5000
firstname.lastname@example.org(Hardball with Chris Matthews)
Fox News Channel 212-301-3000 212-301-5226 212-301-3164
email@example.com (overall Fox mailbox)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill O'Reilly)
CBS News 212-975-4321 212-975-3019
ABC World News Tonight 212-456-2800
email@example.com(Boston Globe) 617-929-3049
ctc-TribLetter@Tribune.com(Chicago Tribune) 312-222-4331
firstname.lastname@example.org (Los Angeles Times) 213-237-5000
email@example.com(Raleigh News and Observer) 919-829-4517
firstname.lastname@example.org(Miami Herald) 305-350-2111
email@example.com(Orlando Sentinel) 407-420-5070
firstname.lastname@example.org(San Francisco Chronicle)
email@example.com (All Things Considered on NPR)
firstname.lastname@example.org(nationally syndicated radio host)
3. SPREAD THE WORD
Talk with your family and friends about events in the Middle East and emphasize that much of the media coverage has been distorted, damaging public understanding of events at this critical time. Give examples to raise their awareness of the disturbing problem of media bias. Forward alerts to them. Educate and organize members of your community (youth groups, synagogue and church social action committees, sisterhood/brotherhood groups) to call the media to protest inaccurate and unfair reporting.
4. SUPPORT CAMERA BY KEEPING YOUR CAMERA MEMBERSHIP CURRENT
Support our ongoing efforts to fight media bias. Become a member and tell your family and friends about us! All members receive CAMERA Media Reports and CAMERA's Media Directory, which lists the address, fax, phone and email for all the major news media. To join or renew your membership, go to “JOIN CAMERA” on our website — $30 for students and seniors $50 for regular membership.
5. JOIN CAMERA'S E-MAIL TEAM!
Current CAMERA members are eligible to join CAMERA's nationwide team of activists who regularly call and write the media to ensure that reports about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are fair and factual. You will receive talking points, analysis of news articles and specific contact information at least once a week by e-mail. Make a difference! To join, send an e-mail message with your name, address, phone number and published or sample letters-to-the-editor to: email@example.com.
Even if you don't have time to write many letters, the alerts will keep you informed and able to easily recognize and respond to unfair reporting in your local paper.
(You can find some of our old alerts on this website by doing an advanced search and entering "CAMERA ALERTS" under "Type of Article.")
WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER BIASED REPORTING, DON'T JUST GET UPSET, TAKE ACTION!