Is PBS doing its due diligence or offering itself as a mouthpiece for an Iranian propaganda campaign? The Iranian regime’s PR campaign to avoid Western sanctions is aimed at neutralizing criticism of Iran’s crimes, including its leaders’ hate rhetoric and eradicative threats against the Jewish state. A recent NewsHour report seemed to be echoing the same message.
Why does PBS close a broadcast on "what growing Jewish settlements in the West Bank mean for Mideast peace efforts" with a completely irrelevant – and erroneous – figure about Israeli military spending? And, after the Ben Rhodes fiasco, will "NewsHour" correct?
PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler upholds CAMERA's call for "NewsHour" to correct a false statement by senior White House official Ben Rhodes that Israel is constructing "tens of thousands" of settlements. Meanwhile, "NewsHour" itself remains silent.
Top White House official Ben Rhodes advises PBS "Newshour" viewers that Israel built "tens of thousands of settlements." In fact, over five decades, Israelis have reportedly built 228 settlements and outposts.
On PBS Newshour, John Mearsheimer, author of the "Israel Lobby," asserts " a nuclear-armed Iran would bring stability to the region." He also offers reassurance that "they have hardly any offensive capability at all."
CNN's July 28th special, "Acts of Terror," presented in collaboration with Time magazine, should be studied in journalism schools. It is a guide to the ills of the profession, but above all to the menace of anti-Israel bias.