The Palestinians undermined the peace process by rejecting negotiations and going to the UN for statehood affirmation. Israel then announced plans to build in area E-1. NPR found fault only with Israel.
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.
NPR's Leila Fadel, a victim of harassment by Egyptian authorities, raises the false charge of Israel targeting journalists. She states Israel "struck a media building," without noting that Israel hit equipment belonging to Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Quds TV.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro’s interview with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad typifies all that is wrong with NPR coverage on Israel: it is shallow, one-sided, and focuses on narratives in which only Israel can be blamed.
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.
NPR's Diane Rehm Show virtually always stacks the deck with critics when Israel is discussed. So the result was predictable for the May 21 program when Rehm partnered with Fawaz Gerges, a media go-to professor with a tendency to take gratuitous shots at Israel.
In an example highlighting NPR's biased news judgement, the network devoted a feature to lamenting the Congressional decision to withdraw funding for a Palestinian version of Sesame Street, but ignored the Mufti of Jerusalem's call to kill all Jews.
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos agrees with CAMERA on some points regarding Sheera Frenkel's flawed broadcast. But failing to call for corrections suggests a negative trend backwards.
Sheera Frenkel's NPR story, based on distortions and omissions, charges Israel with a purported agenda "to have a purely Jewish state and to get rid of all Palestinians, the ones in the West Bank and in Israel," as one interviewee puts it.
National Public Radio officials lunched with men they believed were potential big donors affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The "Islamists" were actually self-described "citizen journalists" making a sting video. NPR's Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley chuckled at the "National Palestinian Radio" description and sat through insinuations of undue Jewish influence in the media.