Reuters and The Atlantic stumbled in similar ways in their reports on Israel's law describing minimum punishments for stone throwers. But the two outlets couldn't have reacted more differently to calls for correction.
An article by Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren was published on the front page of The New York Times on Aug. 29. It was about Israeli reaction to the turmoil in Egypt and Syria. And, it was the fifth article by Rudoren this year to include accusations of Israeli societal racism or sexism.
When The New York Times reported on soccer racism in Europe on Jan. 5, 2013, the story was about the negative response to racism by European soccer fans. But when discussing the recent protests by Israeli soccer fans against the recruitment of Muslim players, the newspaper used this as an excuse to present a sweeping indictment of Israeli society.
Recent press attention has focused on the repatriation of illegal African migrants from Israel. Very little of it has explained the context and difficult challenges facing Israel as a result of large-scale illegal immigration, particularly by non-Jews. None has included mention of Israel's history of welcoming refugees from around the globe.
Yishai Goldflam, editor-in-chief of Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew Web site, published an Op-Ed column in Ha'aretz, faulting that paper and other Israeli media for spreading the falsehood that Israel maintains "Jewish-only" roads in the West Bank. This is significant, especially since the fiction of "Jewish-only" roads features prominently in "Israel apartheid" mythology and is frequently cited by anti-Israel and pro-BDS agitators.
The claim that Israel has 35 laws that discriminate against Arab citizens is a transparently false canard meant to delegitimize the Jewish state. But that did not prevent the New York Times from publishing it, in violation of codes of ethics requiring accuracy even in the opinion pages.
Sheera Frenkel's NPR story, based on distortions and omissions, charges Israel with a purported agenda "to have a purely Jewish state and to get rid of all Palestinians, the ones in the West Bank and in Israel," as one interviewee puts it.
Joseph Massad's "Truth, facts and facts on the ground" (Al Jazeera English) is remarkable for the sheer number of falsehoods by the Columbia professor that cast all blame for the Arab-Israeli conflict onto Israel, while portraying the Palestinians as blameless victims.
The Economist depicts Bedouin resettlement to cities as akin to land expropriation. The article fails to adequately consider the real problems of population expansion, modernization and limited land space.
According to a recent poll, Arabs and Jews have mutual misgivings about the idea of living next door to one another. News coverage of this poll, however, hides half of this picture.