Much of the mainstream media coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is marred by the attempt to fit breaking events into a pre-existing, simplistic narrative whereby Palestinians are not held directly responsible for their actions. This again was the case with the coverage of the brutal massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon himself says "circumstances are still unclear" regarding the tragic civilian deaths at an UNRWA school yesterday, but AFP reports as fact: Israel is responsible.
Released Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi is an important test case for journalists. His hunger strike continues to garner news coverage. His conviction for multiple attempts of murder, not so much.
A lopsided AFP timeline outlining 20 years since the Oslo Accords recounts Israel's counter-terrorism actions while completely ignoring the Palestinian violence that prompted them.
One month after the Toronto Star commendably corrected that Meg Ryan and Bruce Willis never boycotted Israel, Agence France-Presse falsely reports that Lenny Kravitz canceled a visit to Israel in support of BDS.
Not for the first time, AFP botches captions about Israeli-Palestinian violence. In an unprecedented twist, however, the newest flubbed captions whitewash Israeli violence, misidentifying Israeli stone-throwers as Palestinian.
Media interest in Palestinian hunger-striker Samer Issawi intensifies, albeit selectively. Ha'aretz publishes an enormous photograph of Issawi, but doesn't include even half a sentence about his indictment for attempted murder and other violence.
In 2012, the media blundered all too many times in reporting on the Middle East. It was difficult to narrow it down, but CAMERA has identified our Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles.
Instead of investigating activist claims that the building in E1 bisects the West Bank and cuts off access to Jerusalem, much of the media has simply echoed the false accusations.
Once again, media outlets categorically blame Israel for the death of a Palestinian child killed in "hotly disputed" circumstances. AFP and AP captions ignore information pointing to an errant Palestinian rocket as the culprit, and Reuters issues a commendable clarification.