CAMERA Elicits Washington Times, New York Times Corrections

After being contacted by CAMERA, the Washington Times and New York Times published the following corrections:

 

Error (Washington Times, Nicholas Kralev, 3/6/08): Mr. [Mahmoud] Abbas suspended talks with Israel over the weekend because of its military offensive against Hamas in Gaza in response to the rocket attacks. More than 120 civilians have died, including women and children

Correction (3/7/08): The Washington Times incorrectly reported yesterday the number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip. Of more than 120 people killed during Israeli incursions into Gaza, the Israeli military estimates that about 10 percent were civilians. The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said earlier this week that about half of the Palestinians killed in Gaza were noncombatants.

 

Error (New York Times, online letter by Alison Weir, 2/24/08): In our two-year study — from Sept. 29, 2000, to Sept. 28, 2001, and in 2004 — of The Times’s coverage of Israel and Palestine, we discovered that the newspaper had covered Israeli children’s deaths at a rate seven times greater than it reported on Palestinian children’s deaths.

Correction (Online correction, 3/7/08): A letter online on Feb. 24 stated that a two-year study by If Americans Knew — from Sept. 29, 2000, to Sept. 28, 2001, and in 2004 — of The New York Times’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ”discovered that the newspaper had covered Israeli children’s deaths at a rate seven times greater than it reported on Palestinian children’s deaths.” This study examined headlines or first paragraphs of news articles.

(For more information about false claims by Alison Weir and If Americans Knew, see CAMERA’s analysis, “Study of New York Times Coverage Severely Flawed.”)