Accuracy and accountability are among the most important tenets of journalism. In combination, they mean media organizations are expected to publish or broadcast forthright corrections after sharing inaccurate information. The following corrections are among the many prompted by CAMERA’s communication with reporters and editors.
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.
In April, with the global battle to contain the spread of Covid-19 in full swing, CAMERA elicited a record 27 corrections in a variety of news outlets: from major media including The New York Times, Associated Press and NBC, to non-Western and alternative news sources.
CAMERA prompts correction of a Los Angeles Times article which misidentified the Jordan Valley as "Palestinian territory." Israel captured the disputed territory from Jordan in the defensive 1967 war, and Palestinians seek it for a future state.
CAMERA prompts correction of a Los Angeles Times article which greatly overstated the number of Lebanese civilians killed in the 2006 war, erroneously citing "nearly 1,200 Lebanese civilians." In fact, this figure includes hundreds of Hezbollah fighters.
CAMERA prompts corrections of a Los Angeles Times music review which misused the term "Palestine" and which also erroneously identified Egypt and Afghanistan as subject to President Donald Trump's travel ban.
CAMERA prompts correction of a letter-to-the-editor by Eitan Peled, former programming director for SJP at UCLA, for his false claim that there are "hundreds of Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons." No Palestinians, minors or otherwise, are held in Israeli military prisons.
CAMERA prompts correction of a Los Angeles Times article which had incorrectly blamed the Israeli blockade for unpaid salaries of civil servants in the Gaza Strip. In fact, Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority, not Israel, slashed Gaza salaries.
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.