CiF Watch, an affiliate of CAMERA, has prompted an online correction at the Guardian, which had falsely reported that Israel undertook mass arrests of Palestinian demonstrators who had sent up a protest tent camp in the controversial E-1 area.
In 2012, the media blundered all too many times in reporting on the Middle East. It was difficult to narrow it down, but CAMERA has identified our Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles.
CiF Watch, an independent affiliate of CAMERA, has prompted a correction at the Guardian on an Op-Ed by Hanan Ashrawi which had falsely claimed that Israel approved housing for Jews only in Gilo.
The media was all too willing to run with the dubious story that an Israeli-American named Sam Bacile backed by one hundred Jewish donors was behind the film that sparked outrage in the Muslim world.
CiF Watch, an independent project of CAMERA, prompted a correction on a Guardian article which vastly overstated the amount of settlement construction recently approved by Binyamin Netanyahu.
In the United Kingdom on Yom HaShoah, readers of The Guardian were subjected to a grotesque story penned by Jerusalem correspondent Harriet Sherwood, describing Israeli Holocaust survivors "who cannot make ends meet" and implying that Israel neglects them.
The Guardian is the second major media outlet this month to issue a correction noting that Israel does not control all of Gaza's borders. The British media outlet, however, has not amended its headline and subhead placing Akko in the West Bank.
The "Gay Girl in Damascus hoax" shares some of the same features as previous hoaxes involving the Middle East conflict. Gullible journalists were taken in because the story aligned so well with their own perceptions and beliefs.
One might hope that Richard Goldstone's retraction of charges his report leveled against Israel would cause the report's advocates to reconsider their position. But Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth responds by launching more accusations at Israel.
It was a victory for Guardian and al Jazeera spin when some ostensibly objective media organizations were swayed by the advocacy journalism associated with the publication of the so-called "Palestine Papers."