Two ostensibly experienced Middle East reporters make numerous errors on basic West Bank facts.
In the wake of the recent UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, NPR editors Greg Myre and Larry Kaplow purported to inform public radio station's website readers about Israeli settlements. The piece, however, concealed relevant information, cherry-picking the facts to present a partisan, evasive and distorted view of the topic.
Watergate revelations notwithstanding, The Washington Post can keep secrets when it wants to. That's especially so regarding the “secret” of international law supporting Israel's claim that West Bank settlements are legal.
Shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Center for American Progress last week, a blog affiliated with the group purported to have found "10 falsehoods" in Netanyahu's comments. Did it?
A New York City mayoral candidate said the West Bank was "disputed territory." The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that the candidate's position "runs counter to the U.S. government" view. CAMERA's commentary in the Algemeiner explained why JTA was in error.
The NPR program, "All Things Considered," featured a segment reported by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on July 12 that continues her pattern of reporting stories constructed in a manner that shows Israel in a negative light.
The New York Times holds its own skewed view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to which Israel is always to blame. It tries to impose this perspective on its readers by carefully choosing which facts to present and which to conceal.
As part of its general lopsided coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the New York Times has stepped up its attacks on Israeli settlers. According to Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner, "for much of the world, the very presence of ... Israeli settlers in the West Bank amounts to a kind of violent crime."
The Palestinian leadership insists it will not resume face-to-face negotiations until Israel complies with its preconditions, while their diplomats — with the help of some partisan writing in the New York Times news pages — cast Israel as responsible for the impasse.