CAMERA prompts correction after an AFP story about Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of killing four in the 2014 terror attack at a Brussels Jewish museum, opened with a description of him as a "'very polite' Frenchman."
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.
Numerous Agence France Presse photo captions state as fact Hamas' claim that four-year-old Ahmed Abu Abed died after being wounded by Israeli fire despite the fact that the agency itself reported that the circumstances of the death have not been independently verified.
In French, Agence France Presse managed to report accurately on Doctors Without Borders' entreaty to Palestinian and Israeli authorities to address the healthcare situation in Gaza. Why couldn't they do it in English?
An AFP infographic grossly minimizes the impact of Palestinian attacks on Israel while at the same time emphasizing the impact of Israel's military response on Gaza.
AFP's basic premises -- that young eager swimmers in Gaza have nowhere to practice besides the polluted coast and that the athletes are so desperate that they swim in waters that hardly anyone else would dare enter -- just don't hold water.
An AFP article today falsely depicts the destruction of a Beersheba home, which this morning suffered a direct hit from a rocket fired from Gaza, as limited to "damage to the garden of the family home." CAMERA prompts correction.
When the Israeli army disputed Hamas' account which blamed Israel for the death of 12-year-old Shady Abdel-Aal, AP rose to the journalistic challenge with accurate coverage. Reuters responsibly corrected when presented with information contradicting Hamas. AFP, in contrast, has yet to correct even as Hamas itself has backtracked.
The news pages of American media outlets have completely ignored the British firestorm following the revelation of Jeremy Corbyn's 2013 remark, widely regarded as anti-Semitic, that "British Zionists" lack "English irony" and "don't want to study history."
Media coverage of the delayed transfer of tons of mail sent to West Bank Palestinians doesn't deliver the full story, omitting crucial details along with relevant context and erasing nuance.