Most coverage of a propaganda video about Gaza by graffiti-artist Banksy appeared more like the work of publicists and less like the work of journalists, who are expected to apply skepticism before echoing dubious claims.
After initially issuing only an online clarification regarding an "All Things Considered" broadcast which erred about the import of building materials into Gaza, NPR agreed with CAMERA that an on-air correction was needed. The follow-up was immediate.
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos agrees with CAMERA on some points regarding Sheera Frenkel's flawed broadcast. But failing to call for corrections suggests a negative trend backwards.
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.
NPR listeners, who are steeped in coverage critical of Israel's policy toward migrants, would be forgiven for knowing nothing of the startling number of African migrants raped, beaten and tortured by Egyptians. For NPR, this story is apparently not worth telling.
NPR news analyst Daniel Schorr brands Israel's blockade of Hamas a "blockade of hate," while colleague Sheera Frankel ignores Erdogan's endorsement of Hamas. Tilted Gaza reports ignore Israeli offers to deliver flotilla aid, including concrete, and Hamas' refusal.
Updated: The London Times deleted an incongruous, anti-Semitic remark that had previously been slipped into an otherwise informative online article about unfolding events during the terror attacks from Mumbai.