THUMBS UP to Martin Fletcher of NBC Nightly News for his May 8, 2001 broadcast about Palestinian television urging children to "Drop your toys. Pick up rocks." The "commercial," translated by Jerusalem-based Palestinian Media Watch, features an actor playing the slain 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Dura in paradise after death and calling on his peers to "Follow him."
MSNBC used a series of hoax chronological maps showing an Arab "Palestine" in 1946. It corrected the error on the air, commendably.
Israeli anchorman Chaim Yavin caused a small stir in Israel over his controversial, subjective documentary about Israeli settlements. An NBC Nightly News segment on the documentary champions Yavin's position by presenting it as "the story like it is." Yet NBC omits common, mainstream counter-arguments which represent large numbers, if not the majority, of Israelis.
In May, days before a Palestinian suicide terrorist murdered a score of Israelis, most of them young teenage girls, Yasir Arafat delivered yet another of his propaganda screeds, this time before the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Qatar. While repeatedly lauding Palestinians for "irrigating the land with their blood" in the struggle for "Palestine" he let loose a tirade of lies against Israel.