Borders, Security Barrier and Checkpoints

NPR’s Robert Siegel Reacts (Badly) to Bias Charge

NPR Host Robert Siegel responded angrily to criticism of his coverage in a column by Andrea Levin that ran in the Jerusalem Post and was later circulated by IMRA, Independent Media Review and Analyis. Name-calling and insults featured in his rejoinder. The exchange follows:

Los Angeles Times Editors Fail to Distinguish Fact from Interpretation

Although opinion and editorial writers have more leeway than news correspondents, the Statement of Principles of the American Society of Newspaper Editors makes clear that they are not off the hook when it comes to the facts. Thus, while editorial writers are free to interpret the meaning of events, they are not supposed to misreport what has actually transpired. The Los Angeles Times did just that in a Feb. 22 editorial.

LA Times ‘Correction’ on Binational State Op-Ed Further Misleads

Saree Makdisi, an English professor at UCLA, made falsified charges against Israel to bolster his case that the country is a racist, illegitimate state unworthy of existence. The Los Angeles Times' partial correction yesterday of distorted charges regarding the West Bank security barrier does not inform readers, but further misleads them.

An IDF Checkpoint, A Violin and A Media Uproar

An incident involving a Palestinian caught on video playing his violin at an Israeli checkpoint near Nablus prompted an eruption of distorted media coverage. News stories and commentary condemned Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint, deplored the morals of the Israeli army in general, and even in some articles compared the incident to Jews forced by the Nazis to play music in German concentration camps.

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The irreverent news source with a sense of mission in a world of 'corporate giants' is more inaccessible than its rivals.

Letter-Writer Wrong on Barrier Statistic

In his July 7 letter to the Los Angeles Times entitled "Wall's Horrific Effect," Eugene O'Carroll makes the unsubstantiated claim that Israel's barrier "will absorb as much as 60 percent" of the West Bank. But as the Times itself has repeatedly reported, even the United Nations, hardly a pro-Israel body, put that number at 14 percent

Background on Israel’s Anti-Terror Fence

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in the Netherlands has issued an "Advisory Opinion" that Israel's security fence is illegal and violates international law. The court advised the United Nations Security Council to take action to stop Israel's construction of the fence and to dismantle parts already built. CAMERA provides background information on the legality and effectiveness of the fence.