The rise in antisemitism is troubling. So is the media's growing tendency to politicize, obfuscate, omit—and even perpetuate—antisemitic tropes.
What were the biggest failures in 2018 media coverage of Israel? In April, The New York Times published what Amb. Dani Dayan called “the correction of the year” after the Gray Lady wrote that Palestinian Authority payments to terrorists and their families are a “far-right conspiracy theory.” A lot happened since April.
After accurately reporting that never before has there been a Palestinian state, Newsweek deleted what it referred to as "an error that says no Palestinian state has ever existed." After CAMERA's intervention, Newsweek backtracked from its erroneous correction, but issued a misleading update that "the legal and historical status of a Palestinian state remains a subject of controversy and debate."
Ilhan Omar has tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world," and Rashida Tlaib has taken positions inconsistent with Israel's continued existence as a Jewish state, but some mainstream news outlets have ignored these views.
A Newsweek feature insists the so-called "second intifada" was triggered by Israel recapturing Palestinian cities in the West Bank. That's like saying the attack on Pearl Harbor was triggered by the allied invasion of Normandy.
CAMERA prompts Newsweek and AFP corrections after they wrongly reported that a bill, now shelved, would have allowed for Israel's expropriation of church lands. In fact, it would have allowed for the expropriation of land that the church sold to private investors.
CAMERA prompted two corrections of a Newsweek online video about the global impact of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
CAMERA prompts a Newsweek correction of the absurd claim that the West Bank village of Susiya "has been in Palestinian control since the 1830s." Newsweek has yet to correct its erroneous depiction of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
In a laughably ahistorical error, Newsweek's Carlos Ballesteros claims that Susiya has been in "Palestinian control since the 1830s." He also mischaracterizes the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and cites Electronic Intifada, all indications that Newsweek's glory days are in the past.
CAMERA prompts corrections at Newsweek: Hamas' May 2017 policy document did not replace the founding charter calling for Israel's destruction and Tel Aviv is not to be used as shorthand for Israel.