Tamar Sternthal

Concealed Carry: AP Covers Up Arafat’s Gun at the UN

In an article about dramatic moments at the United Nations, the Associated Press covers up the most dramatic element of Yasir Arafat's 1974 address: that he brought a gun to the UN and delivered the address while sporting the holster. Six years ago, in contrast, AP delivered a straight account of the incident.

Hamas’ Account of a Boy’s Death: A Media Litmus Test

When the Israeli army disputed Hamas' account which blamed Israel for the death of 12-year-old Shady Abdel-Aal, AP rose to the journalistic challenge with accurate coverage. Reuters responsibly corrected when presented with information contradicting Hamas. AFP, in contrast, has yet to correct even as Hamas itself has backtracked.

In Arabic and English, Different Messages About MSF Gunman, and the Hacker Defense

Doctors Without Borders gunman Hani Majdalawi "didn't even know how to use a weapon," said his brother Osama in The Los Angeles Times, casting doubt on the Israeli charge. A post earlier on Osama's Facebook page, however, boasted that Hani "bought the weapon with his own money." Osama cites hackers as at fault for the discrepancy.

NPR’s ‘Here and Now’ Sets Up BDS as Moral Force

For Robin Young and Derek Thompson, SodaStream's former employment of Palestinians and its subsequent "punishment" of employees with layoffs counterbalance the company's "positive moral valance." There are no "moral questions," however, about the BDS activists who claim credit for depriving Palestinians of their livelihoods.

Incomplete AP Captions on Israel Mislead

AP photo captions mislead with critical omissions: Israel identified a reported cultural center bombed in Gaza as a Hamas facility. Also, Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized protesters not only for waving Palestinian flags but also for chanting, "With blood and fire, we will redeem Palestine."

Daily Mail Can’t Confirm “Alleged” Palestinian Rocket Attacks

By repeatedly referring to "alleged" rockets fired from Gaza and further qualifying these attacks with scare quotes, The Daily Mail's Sara Malm signals that she can't be sure that Hamas really did launch 180 rockets and mortars towards Israel in 24 hours.