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.


BBC Admits to Mistakes, Apologizes

The BBC has admitted on Feb. 17, 2005 to airing an unsubstantiated allegation against Israel without fact checking it, and has apologized.

Time’s Tony Karon Rewrites U.N. Resolution 242 senior editor Tony Karon wrongly suggests that U.N. Resolution 242 calls on Israel to withdraw to its 1967 boundaries. He cites the view of the Arab world and the "international community" to make his case, but ignores the explicit words of the resolution's drafters.

AP is 1 for 2 on Paul Garwood Corrections

The Associated Press may be bucking a recent trend of failing to correct factual errors. As a result of CAMERA's communication today with a senior editor regarding two errors in a Paul Garwood article, AP corrected a statistic on U.S. aid to Egypt. One other error still stands.

CAMERA Obtains NYT/IHT Correction on Palestinian Refugees

CAMERA obtained corrections in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune regarding a Dec. 16, 2004 news analysis by Neil MacFarquhar which grossly inflated the number of Palestinian refugees inhabiting refugee camps since 1948.

The NPR Switch

NPR reporters are once again routinely misrepresenting the statements of Israeli spokesmen, inserting the term "militant" where the speaker has actually said "terrorist."

CAMERA Action Prompts Improvement at features a permanent interactive item which provides background information on Hamas. The article had originally whitewashed the group's goals and sources of funding from abroad. Editors are to be commended for making the following changes after having heard from CAMERA staff.

LA Times ‘Correction’ on Binational State Op-Ed Further Misleads

Saree Makdisi, an English professor at UCLA, made falsified charges against Israel to bolster his case that the country is a racist, illegitimate state unworthy of existence. The Los Angeles Times' partial correction yesterday of distorted charges regarding the West Bank security barrier does not inform readers, but further misleads them.

CAMERA Member Obtains Public Apology from Editor

The Daily Herald (Chicago area) published a tribute heaping praise on prominent individuals who passed away in the last year, among them Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin and Palestinian terrorist Abu Abbas. A CAMERA member contacted editors and elicited a thorough printed apology. Below are his letter, the editor's response, the subsequent published editor's note, and an open letter from the editor.

Updated: U.of Illinois Paper Publishes, Corrects Bogus ‘Quotation’ for 2nd Time

The University of Illinois newspaper, The Daily Illini, has again published a bogus, defamatory quotation attributed to Israeli Prime Minister Sharon even though its own columnist issued a public retraction and apology less than a year ago for using the same quote. The paper apologizes and corrects again due to CAMERA's efforts.