In an otherwise informative news story about Hezbollah’s attack tunnels dug from Lebanon into northern Israel, NBC reversed the sequence of an Iranian rocket attack and Israeli counter-attack. The piece, “Discovery of Hezbollah ‘attack tunnels’ rattles a northern Israeli town,” had initially claimed:
On Jan. 20, Israel attacked targets near Damascus — killing 21, including at least 12 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, according to a Syrian war monitoring group.
In response, Iran launched a rocket toward the crowded Mount Hermon ski resort. It was intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system.
After CAMERA informed editors that the Iranian attack, which took place during daylight hours on Jan. 20, preceded and prompted the Israeli counter-strike on Iranian positions later that night, the network commendably amended its language and appended a forthright correction. The correction explains:
An earlier version of this article misstated the timing of attacks this month by Israel and Iran, incorrectly suggesting that Iran was responding to an Israeli attack. Iranian forces first launched a rocket toward a ski resort in the Golan Heights, then Israel responded on Jan. 20 with an attack near Damascus that killed 21 — not the other way around.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 21, 2019