Located under Action Items on the CAMERA home
page is a new feature focusing on two leading news organizations, the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and The Washington Post.
BBC-Watch will help expose the severe anti-Israel bias in
BBC news coverage. One of the largest news organizations in the world, BBC
disseminates information in more than 40 languages via radio, television, and
the Internet. Much of what it purveys on Israel and the Middle East sharply
misrepresents current as well as historical events.
The new feature also aims to promote public challenges to
the misinformation, inaccuracy, and partisanship that taints network reporting
in the case of the BBC, and a tendency of The Washington Post to view news as
what Israelis do to Palestinian Arabs, not what Arabs do to Israelis.
Regular Web postings will address single instances of
misinformation for example, false assertions about history on the BBC
Web site as well as lengthier issues on World Service radio broadcasts.
BBC World Service is distributed in the United States by Public Radio
International (PRI). BBC World News is aired by many Public Broadcasting System
Additional CAMERA information about BBC coverage can be
found at the BBC listings under Media Outlets.
CAMERAs new in-house BBC-Watch should not be confused
with the excellent British site www.bbcwatch.com, produced by Trevor
Asserson and Lee Kern that monitors television and radio in the United Kingdom
as well as Middle east coverage on the BBC Website. Visitors to the CAMERA site
are encouraged to visit the UK site for in-depth analyses of the BBC by
Asserson and Kern.
CAMERAs Washington Post-Watch feature also will help
spark quick reader responses to Post coverage. The Washington
Post is one of Americas leading daily newspapers and required reading
for members of Congress and their staffs, the executive branch, diplomats, and
opinion leaders in the news media and think tanks.
While often detailed and substantive, thePosts
Middle East reporting particularly of Arab-Israeli stories
frequently gives the benefit of the doubt to Arab charges while withholding it
from Israeli claims. Palestinian Arab grievances often are highlighted,
Palestinian responsibility for those grievances often ignored while Arab
aggression against Israel frequently is minimized if not ignored, and
well-founded Israeli positions given scant attention.
Washington Post-Watch and BBC-Watch will not replace CAMERA
Alerts to our e-mail letter writing teams or analyses like those published in
CAMERA Media Report or elsewhere on the Web site, but will promote even
more rapid response to shortcomings in daily coverage.
Visitors to the CAMERA Web site also are encouraged to
report their own concerns about BBC or Washington Post coverage via
Contact CAMERA on the main menu.