CNN bewilderingly decided to amplify an antisemite’s horrific allegations against the Jewish state, notwithstanding they lacked any supporting evidence, and without mentioning her extraordinary bias on the subject.
As CAMERA has repeatedly documented, there is a pattern of CNN reports lobbing horrific allegations at Israel based on exceedingly thin evidence and lots of insinuation. It’s a standard, or practice, akin to tabloid journalism – a standard certainly not appropriate for serious journalism or serious accusations like that of war crimes.
Although Lawfare’s Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes and Managing Editor Tyler McBrien were informed of errors and distortions in a piece by Marc Garlasco, they remain uncorrected.
Expert analysis, when used properly, can help audiences contextualize factual reporting. But when used improperly, it can mislead audiences by exaggerating or downplaying certain details to fit into a preconceived narrative. Repeatedly, CNN’s investigations have fallen into the latter category by portraying demonstrably biased “experts” as neutral sources.
A consistent concern with CNN investigations is their habit of misleading the audience about the reliability of the evidence presented.
A Hamas press release has accused Israel of harvesting the organs of dead Palestinians. A Washington Post reprint of the Hamas statement tells readers that ‘the claims could not be independently verified.’
Good investigative journalism is journalism at its best. Unfortunately, that kind of good journalism is rare at CNN. Rather than producing impartial, professional investigations, many of the network’s journalists are acting as one-sided prosecutors when it comes to Israel.
With the Associated Press claim that Israel's war against Hamas “now sits among the deadliest and most destructive in history,” the wire service joins a parade of statistical inventions and manipulations.
CAMERA initiated the mobile campaign due to concerns about the Washington Post’s reliance on Hamas-provided casualty figures, notably those from the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.
AP's effort to pass off the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as the Middle Eastern doppelgänger of the civil rights movement, with the Palestinians playing the part of Black Americans battling against racism, is nothing short of a parody of journalism.