CAMERA calls on senior executives of The Los Angeles Times to forthrightly repudiate the Open Letter signed by 500 media practitioners, including nine Times journalists, who advocate for partisan coverage of Israel and the Palestinians in total contravention of ethical journalism.
The Times' Nabih Bulos understates the permitted Gaza fishing zone and overstates the coastal territory's unemployment figure. CAMERA refuses to let the facts slip away.
Nabih Bulos remakes a terror organization calling for violence, ethnic cleansing, and Islamic supremacy into a civil rights movement pursuing the noble goals of recognition and equality.
The Los Angeles Times' page-one story, "In war-ravaged Gaza, it's no business, as usual," is not journalism as usual. The article disregards basic journalistic requirements including the right of reply to criticism and the responsibility to correct errors.
Misidentifying a destroyed office that served Hamas commanders as "civilian" and inflating the number of east Jerusalem Palestinians facing eviction from 31 to "several hundred" are just two examples of the Los Angeles Times' rough start covering Hamas' war against Israel.
The paper's foreign desk, which presumably understands a bit more about the region's geopolitical complexities than the paper's food writers, rightfully refrains from employing the inaccurate terminology of "Palestine." Does a unique and new policy exist exclusively for the paper's food department?
Netanyahu's annexation plan involved parts of Area C of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and settlements elsewhere in the territory, amounting to a total of some 30 percent of the disputed West Bank. He had not threatened to annex the "entire" West Bank.
Are media reports elevating B'Tselem to Israel's "leading human rights organization" justified? Human rights advancements are won in the legal realm, but B'Tselem does not engage in legal activity, and has accomplished no rights advancements for Palestinians. Its successes are in the international media, not human rights.
Echoing false information initially released by Palestinian government sources, The Los Angeles Times falsely reports that Saeb Erekat was transferred to a hospital near Tel Aviv for treatment of coronavirus. The fact that he was actually treated in a Jerusalem hospital is a politically inconvenient fact.
The more Israel and Gulf states advance in the historic process of normalization, the more The Los Angeles Times struggles to shoehorn the expanding ties into the narrow prism of old dogmas about Israeli-Palestinian relations. With Bahrain's readiness to recognize Israel, the Times is forced to retreat from earlier reporting that UAE stands alone.