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.

 

CAMERA Action Prompts Improvement at ABCnews.com

ABCnews.com 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.

CAMERA Gets Correction on Letter in Los Angeles Times

CAMERA prompts a correction on a letter by Marc Springer of Chantilly, Va., who falsely wrote that the majority of Israeli fatalities in the last four years have been soldiers, not civilians. The correction is an important reminder that letters to the editor, just like news articles, must be factually correct, and that media outlets have an obligation to correct erroneous information in letters and op-eds.

AP Revises Hansen’s Comments

A UN official stunned the world when he admitted Hamas members are on the UN payroll. His comments were sanitized by one AP reporter, and readers are kept in the dark.

UPDATED: September 27, 2004–Reuters: News Agency or PR Firm for Terrorists?

September 27 update follows. Ever since Reuter's notorious editorial decision not to call terrorists "terrorists" was affirmed following the 9/11 attacks, the news agency has zealously adhered to a policy of softening the face of terrorism. In reporting on the September 22 suicide bombing in Jerusalem's French Hill, it has gone a step further.

CAMERA Prompts Boston Globe Correction on Greenway Column

In an Aug. 27 Boston Globe column, H.D.S. Greenway erroneously claimed that in a 1996 report written for Benjamin Netanyahu, Richard Perle called for the United States to overthrow Saddam Hussein "to increase Israel's strategic position." CAMERA alerted the Globe that Perle's report made no such suggestion, and a correction ran yesterday.