CAMERA Op-Ed: The Oslo Diaries and Yasser Arafat’s Trunk

Twenty-five years after the Oslo Accords, many media outlets, and a new "documentary" from HBO, omit the reasons for their failure. Those watching the HBO film are presented with superficial history and images, with much of the real story left on the cutting room floor.

Hamas’ Account of a Boy’s Death: A Media Litmus Test

When the Israeli army disputed Hamas account which blamed Israel for the death of 12-year-old Shady Abdel-Aal, AP rose to the journalistic challenge with accurate coverage. Reuters responsibly corrected when presented with information contradicting Hamas. AFP, in contrast, has yet to correct even as Hamas itself has backtracked.

For Jewish New Year, NY Times Attacks an Opponent of Anti-Semitism

Over the two-day Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) holiday, the New York Times greeted its Jewish readers with a one-two punch of news stories that strayed from fact-based reporting to attack supporters of the Jewish state and denigrate a widely accepted definition of anti-Semitism.

CAMERA Letter-To-The-Editor: The Full Truth About UNRWA

CAMERA takes to the pages of The Washington Post to address the paper's coverage of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). CAMERA tells the paper's readers about UNRWA's politicized definition of "refugee" and the organization's documented links to terror groups.

In Arabic and English, Different Messages About MSF Gunman, and the Hacker Defense

Doctors Without Borders gunman Hani Majdalawi "didn't even know how to use a weapon," said his brother Osama in The Los Angeles Times, casting doubt on the Israeli charge. A post earlier on Osama's Facebook page, however, boasted that Hani "bought the weapon with his own money." Osama cites hackers as at fault for the discrepancy.

CAMERA Prompts Corrections of AP Photo Captions

AP corrects a caption which ignored the key outcome of Jibril Rajoub's press conference Monday: the Palestinian soccer official announced he would appeal FIFA's sanctions put in place after he called on fans to burn Messi shirts. Separately, editors correct an erroneous reference to a star of David and "Palestine flag."

CAMERA Op-Ed: Germany’s Underreported Relationship with Iran

Evidence of Germany’s affinity for Iran—and vice versa—is abundant, if often ignored by press and policymakers alike. The underreported relationship between the two nations stretches back more than a century and has profound implications for the future.

CAMERA Op-Ed: Tall Tales from Tehran

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to solely blame the U.S. for a 1953 coup of its democratically elected prime minister. And many Western news outlets continue to sell the mullah's story. But as CAMERA noted in The Washington Times, the truth is more complicated—and the facts have long been available to the media.

Haaretz’s Uri Misgav Revives Discredited National Library Bunker Story

Months after numerous Israeli journalists determined a Channel 11 report claiming Prime Minister Netanyahu demanded that the National Library build an underground bunker to house his father's work was baseless, Haaretz's Uri Misgav repeats the story. Instead of correcting, editors add the library's denial.

In Roll Call’s Shallow Waters, Good Journalism Drowns

Roll Call argues that the Democratic Party is increasingly disenchanted with Israel—and implies that the Jewish state is to blame for this shift. But the newspaper relies on both superficial history and untrustworthy sources to reach its preordained conclusion.

CAMERA Op-Ed: Netflix (Almost) Gives a Notorious Anti-Semite a Show

The head of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, has said that Jews are “not really Jews but are in fact Satan,” and as “great and master deceivers” they should be considered “the enemy of God and the enemy of the righteous.” Despite his well-known position as a purveyor of hatred, Netflix nearly broadcast a hagiographical “documentary” made by Farrakhan’s son.

NPR’s ‘Here and Now’ Sets Up BDS as Moral Force

For Robin Young and Derek Thompson, SodaStream's former employment of Palestinians and its subsequent "punishment" of employees with layoffs counterbalance the company's "positive moral valance." There are no "moral questions," however, about the BDS activists who claim credit for depriving Palestinians of their livelihoods.

Foreign Policy Magazine Does PR for UNRWA

In several recent reports, Foreign Policy omits UNRWA’s history of promoting anti-Jewish violence and Palestinian rejectionism. Foreign Policy minimizes issues with the U.N. agency and unfairly stereotypes those seeking to reform aid to Palestinians.

NPR Corrects: Not Only Sderot Hit By Rockets

CAMERA prompts correction of an NPR article which erroneously implied that Palestinian rocket fire last week solely targeted the Israeli town of Sderot. In fact, Palestinians fired at numerous communities across southern Israel.

The Forward Delegitimizes Pro-Israel Activism

Just as the claim that the IDF commits atrocities is an attempt to limit the ability of Jews to defend themselves physically, the claims that groups that defend Israel or fight antisemitism are somehow shady, engaging in immoral tactics, is an attempt to limit the Jews' ability to defend themselves rhetorically.

Vox: Explaining the News, Improvising on the Facts

Too often, Vox reporters give the impression they're improvising their way through the news, delivering "facts" that might feel right to the reporter, but aren't actually true. Most recently: Vox claims Palestinian rockets in the days before the 2014 Gaza war were a "response" to Israeli airstrikes.

Incomplete AP Captions on Israel Mislead

AP photo captions mislead with critical omissions: Israel identified a reported cultural center bombed in Gaza as a Hamas facility. Also, Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized protesters not only for waving Palestinian flags but also for chanting, "With blood and fire, we will redeem Palestine."

Daily Mail Can’t Confirm “Alleged” Palestinian Rocket Attacks

By repeatedly referring to "alleged" rockets fired from Gaza and further qualifying these attacks with scare quotes, The Daily Mail's Sara Malm signals that she can't be sure that Hamas really did launch 180 rockets and mortars towards Israel in 24 hours.

Episcopal Bishop Gayle Harris Said “I Was There” When She Wasn’t

Bishop Gayle Harris from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is starting to backtrack on stories she told at her church's General Convention in July. Speaking at the House of Bishops on July 13, 2018, Harris said she was "there" when a 15-year-old boy was shot 10 times in the back. In a statement issued on Aug. 9, 2018, she admits she was passing the story on second hand when she told the story to her fellow Episcopalians in July.

Haaretz Corrects Headline About Knesset Speaker’s Rejection of Arabic Letter

CAMERA's Israel office prompts correction of headline in Haaretz's English edition which inaccurately stated that the Knesset speaker refused to sign a letter because it was in Arabic. As the Hebrew headline correctly noted, Yuli Edelstein refused to sign a letter he could not understand, and had it translated into Hebrew so he could sign it.

In Gaza Flare-Up, New York Times Obscures Cause and Effect

Following a well-worn pattern, The New York Times is again downplaying Palestinian belligerence, this time obscuring the fact that intensive Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel prompted a wave of Israeli airstrikes on Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip in the last 24 hours.

Has Coverage of Israel’s Nation-State Law Been Sober and Factual?

One can debate the merits and demerits of a law while presenting the facts accurately. Indeed, that is the role of a journalist. Both news stories and opinion columns should be based on accurate facts without overstatement or distortion. Unfortunately, many in the mainstream media have failed in these respects.  

CAMERA Op-Ed: Palestinians Have an Anti-Peace Plan

The PA and its leaders have a long and tragic history of rejecting peace and proliferating terror, irrespective of who sits in the White House. And the press, responsible in large measure for crafting the first draft of history, would do well to record it.