THUMBS DOWN to Larry King on CNN's May 30, 1995, "Larry King Live" for his fawning interview with Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi, whose book promotion tour of the U.S. in May prompted a rash of obsequious exchanges with journalists.
BOSTON—In the wake of CNN's high-profile retraction of a false report claiming the United States had used Sarin nerve gas against defecting American soldiers in Laos, CAMERA today called on the network also to come clean in its coverage of Israel and the Middle East.
In a remarkable series of articles in late May, Geneva Overholser, the outgoing Ombudsman at the Washington Post and formerly the editor of a major Midwest newspaper, offered her observations about the state of journalism generally and conditions at the Post specifically.
BOSTON—Citing pervasive misinformation in the media as well as in US policymaking circles about Arab building in Jerusalem, CAMERA released a study documenting extensive housing construction in Arab neighborhoods of the city.
BOSTON : Terming CNN "recklessly biased and inaccurate" in its coverage of Israel, the media-watch group CAMERA denounced what it called a "virtual anti-Israel crusade" by the global television network.
Soon after it became known that the attack in Jordan on Hamas leader Khalid Mish'al involved Israeli agents, media outlets including CNN and the Associated Press reported that 2 days before the attack Hamas had offered Israel a 10 year truce. These reports portrayed the Hamas offer as "credible," and Israel as intransigent for refusing it.
June 5, 1997 marked thirty years since Israel won the Six Day War and the anniversary prompted a rash of news stories about a victory that brought the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem under Israeli control.
CNN's July 28th special, "Acts of Terror," presented in collaboration with Time magazine, should be studied in journalism schools. It is a guide to the ills of the profession, but above all to the menace of anti-Israel bias.
In a period of deep national trauma that included assassination of its prime minister, unprecedented terrorism on the streets of its cities, and wrenching internal debate over issues of national survival, the Israeli public went to the polls in orderly form and voted for a new government.