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.

 

Updated: AP Caption Writers Take Sides in Arab-Israeli Conflict

July 1 update follows. With AP photographers around the world producing 1,000 photographs of breaking news daily, it is puzzling that AP would resort to distributing old file photos of events that have no apparent connection to the day's events. But that is exactly what AP did on June 19, 2004, re-releasing five file unrelated photos from the Gaza Strip with only a biased caption in common.

Updated: AP Finally Corrects

July 2 update follows. The foreign desk at the Associated Press wire service apparently has no mechanism in place to correct factual errors. Over the last year, evidence regarding more than half a dozen straight-forward substantive errors was passed from editor to editor until it fell by the wayside. This was the case in a June 10 error by correspondent Ali Daraghmeh, who falsely reported that in the West Bank, "Israel does not allow Palestinian officers to patrol in uniform."

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.

CAMERA Prompts Correction of Herbert Kelman Op-Ed in Boston Globe

CAMERA obtained the following correction noting that Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo, architects of the Geneva Accords, are former Cabinet ministers. In an op-ed, Herbert Kelman, the Richard Clarke Cabot Research Professor of Social Ethics and co-chair of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard University, misidentified them as current Cabinet members.

CAMERA Obtains Correction at the Washington Post

A letter from CAMERA to the Washington Post prompted a correction on an article which vastly overstated the number of Palestinian refugees. Today's correction is similar to a New York Times correction two days ago which CAMERA also elicited.