Media Corrections

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.


Two NPR Corrections in Two Days

CAMERA prompted two NPR corrections, airing Sunday and Monday. The first corrected Linda Gradstein's false attribution of a reference about Palestinian "militants" to the Israeli army when the army had used the word "terrorists." (The softening of language is a recurring problem at NPR.) The second corrected Bob Edwards' wildly inflated figure for Palestinian refugees of the 1948 war.

UPDATED: CAMERA Staff, Members Prompt NPR Correction

CAMERA staff and members prompted an NPR correction concerning the extent of destruction incurred by the Jenin refugee camp in the 2002 Israeli operation.Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin discusses the error and correction on the network's Web site. A CAMERA staff member provided NPR with a European Union statistic from a United Nations report disproving McCarthy's claim that the camp had been "largely destroyed." Jeffrey Dvorkin's March 24 commentary follows:

CAMERA Obtains Correction at NPR

At CAMERA's urging, NPR corrected its inaccurate February 28 statement that an Israeli couple had been murdered near the "settlement of Meitar." The town of Meitar is located fully within Israel, just south of the Green Line.

UPDATED: NPR Discovers Terror in the West Bank

National Public Radio, which routinely calls Hamas suicide bombers "militants" or "activists," rather than terrorists, has finally found some West Bankers it can comfortably refer to with the "T" word. And no, these terrorists are not from Islamic Jihad, or the Al- Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, or the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine ...

NPR and Israel: June, July 2002

Yet another two-month study reveals National Public Radio coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict continues to be marred by factual distortions and disproportionate presentation of Arab and pro-Arab speakers. Skewed and serious allegations against Israel are, at times, aired in completely one-sided programs without giving Israel the right of response. Partisan language shades reporting, blurring the terrorist role of Palestinian groups and leaders and casting Israeli leaders alone as “hard-line.”

NPR Bias Persists As CAMERA Action Prompts Fox News, PBS Coverage

BOSTON, September 15, 2002 —In late summer 2002, Fox News, PBS's NewsHour and numerous other electronic and print media turned to CAMERA for interviews and comment about National Public Radio's controversial Middle East coverage. Repeated, in-depth studies by CAMERA underscore the continuing bias; quantitatively and qualitatively, the network fails to present balanced, accurate and complete coverage.

NPR’s Biased Corrections

In an effort to help NPR improve its coverage, CAMERA had repeatedly suggested in meetings with senior network officials that they follow the print media practice of correcting inaccurate or biased reports. But for years, the network resisted, claiming that its radio format made this difficult or impossible.