Andrea Levin

Another NPR Winter of Distortion

As sure as the calendar moves toward spring, National Public Radio stations turn to a fresh season of fund-raising. For listeners wondering about the status of the network's longstanding bias against Israel, a snapshot of coverage in early 2005 offers few signs of positive change. Instead, the tilt toward Arab positions continues. Sloppiness with factual precision is still commonplace.

The Al-Dura Cover-up

France 2 has yet to apologize for the infamous broadcast which wrongly blamed Israel for the boy's reported death.

CAMERA Op-Ed: News and Jews in Britain

An essential step to begin reversing British anti-Semitism is for the British media to start applying journalistic standards of accuracy and balance that would halt the demonizing of Israel and provide a truer picture of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The New York Times Buries al Dura Story

The New York Times buried on page 6 of the Business Section (Section C) an important story (February 7, 2005) on the escalating scandal surrounding the facts of the infamous Muhammad al Dura episode. The case involved the alleged Israeli killing of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy and the severe wounding of his father at Gaza's Netzarim Junction in September 2000.

The Worst of Times

Op-Ed editors allow PLO advisor Michael Tarazi to demonize Israel with false charges about "colonies," water, citizenship.

NPR’s Derogates Israel and Religious Jews

On June 12, 2004, NPR's Scott Simon interviewed Richard Ben Cramer on the topic of the latter's newly released book How Israel Lost: The Four Questions. Though panned by numerous critics who faulted its deceptive depiction of Israel's security needs, Simon chatted appreciatively with the author, urging him to repeat from his book an anecdote about religious Jews that was evidently apocryphal and meant solely to ridicule the religious establishment in Israel. Simon did not stop there. He concluded with a remarkable question posed to the guest that may be a window on NPR attitudes about Israel.

NATIONAL POST OP-ED: Terrorist: There is No Other Name

The intense controversy surrounding the reluctance of Reuters and other media outlets to use the word “terrorist” says a lot about how abhorrent are the deeds of those branded with the term. Terrorists themselves typically shun the label, preferring euphemisms that disguise their actions.

Fairness Overdue

Librarians select titles based, in part, on recommendations by Library Journal, which routinely endorses one-sided books by extreme critics of Israel.

NPR Critiques Itself

A shoddy self-assessment by the network of its Arab-Israeli coverage seeks to blunt public criticism.