A leading Hamas preacher was caught on tape saying that a BBC correspondent slants his reports to favor Muslims. A story in the Israeli daily Haaretz reports that Fathi Hamad, a preacher responsible for Hamas' communications system in Gaza, said "that Hamas man Faiz Abu Smala works for the BBC, 'and that way he writes the story in favor of the Islam [sic] and Muslims'" (Arnon Regular, "Leading Hamas preacher warns of clash with Islamic Jihad," 12/15/04).
After carrying out double suicide bombings which killed 16 and wounded over 100, Hamas distributed leaflets calling the attacks a message to Israel that her military efforts against the organization have failed. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Reuters provided a platform for the terrorist group's propaganda, blindly disseminating Hamas' bravado as fact.
Within the vast coverage of Israel's targeted killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin and its possible implications for the Middle East, there are several important points that tend to be overlooked or de-emphasized in the media.
Hamas, according to the United States government and the European Union, is a terrorist organization. The group preaches and practices violence and regularly espouses Israel’s annihilation. Long before Israel’s policy of targeting top Hamas leaders, the group adopted the use of terror. Indeed, the group practiced terrorism before and after Oslo, the road map, and the truce agreement (the “hudna”).
"The harm done by Jayson Blair in The New York Times newsroom may, in the end, be offset by a bit of good it does elsewhere. The incident is serving as a wake-up call for journalism, prompting many papers ... to redouble efforts at accuracy and accountability," wrote Christine Chinlund, the Boston Globe ombudsman, in a soul-searching column on media accountability.
The day after the bloody rush hour bombing of bus #14a in downtown Jerusalem, the White House stated that the obstacle to Middle East peace was the terrorist group Hamas.