An in-depth Web site feature often displayed with Middle East news stories on MSNBC.com includes sloppy errors and bias.
In an attempt to draw parallels between the two sides, USA Today's August 21 editorial "Nurture peace hopes" completely misrepresents current Israeli-Palestinian realities by trying to present an Israeli-Palestinian "cycle of tit-for-tat bloodshed." Israeli counter-terrorism is no more part of a "cycle of bloodshed" than police arresting murderers is part of a "cycle of crime."
The two homicide bombings that rocked the Middle East on August 19, 2003 – targeting in Baghdad UN workers who had come to rebuild the country, and in Jerusalem Jewish families with young children returning from prayer at the Western Wall – elicited early sympathetic reaction on BBC. But it didn’t take very long for the network’s Web site to start implying fault on Israel’s part.
Bruce Drake, NPR's Vice President for News, sent a letter to CAMERA on August 9 protesting that a recent article on our website had included a "serious distortion of NPR's policies and practices" regarding which of NPR's Middle East broadcasts are available on the network's website. We do not agree with Mr. Drake's allegation. Below, the relevant section of Mr. Drake's letter, followed by CAMERA's reply:
Newspaper columnists have the right to express whatever opinion they want, but they do not have the right to disseminate inaccuracies, distortions or fabrications and present them as facts. Bryan Shuck, a student from the St. Louis Community College (Meramec campus), wrote an inflammatory column riddled with errors, including paraphrases that are the opposite in meaning to the actual quotations.