Seventy-three percent of the general public expects National Public Radio and other publicly-supported broadcasters to be held to higher standards of balance and objectivity than commercial news outlets, according to a public opinion survey conducted for CAMERA by the polling firm Luntz Maslansky Strategic Research. And 70 percent of daily NPR listeners agree that the network should be held to the higher standards.
In a June 6, 2003 broadcast riddled with factual errors and misrepresentations, PBS’s “NOW with Bill Moyers” spotlighted Israeli settlements, their role in the ongoing conflict, and their possible funding via fungible American taxpayer dollars to Israel.
In March 2003, PBS broadcast "In the Line of Fire," an updated and abridged version of a longer CBC documentary aired in 2001 about journalists in the Israeli-Palestinian battle zone. Canadian film-maker Patricia Naylor focused her narrow lens on now-old allegations by Palestinian journalists Mazen Dana, Nael Shyouki and others who claimed they were directly targeted by Israeli fire.
Living up to its name, the Public Broadcasting Service, PBS aired a five-hour documentary in late January entitled The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs that marked a departure from an earlier pattern of severely biased Middle East documentaries.
Taxpayer-funded bias at PBS reached a low point with the broadcast in 1993 of Michael Ambrosino's Jouney to the Occupied Lands.
Read part one of CAMERA's exposé which ultimately led the network to withdraw the documentary for corrections.