CAMERA staff prompted the following Boston Globe correction today regarding an article earlier this week which reported as fact what turned out to be a false allegation by a Palestinian official against Israeli settlers in Gaza.
In response to communication from CAMERA staff, Reuters has updated a feature article by Cynthia Johnston to correct the misinformation that the Gaza Stip is the most densely populated place on earth. The original and improved versions of the report, entitled "In Gaza, Palestinians pitch tents to claim land," follow:
CAMERA staff prompted the following correction Thursday in the Washington Post regarding an opinion piece which vastly inflated the number of Palestinians living in Gaza refugee camps:
After a news report in the Philadelphia Inquirer wrongly claimed that Gaza has been surrounded by a fence since 1967 and the New London Day published an op-ed falsely charging Israeli troops with killing Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, CAMERA alerted the newspapers to the errors and prompted them to publish corrections.
Reuters, CNN, and the Washington Times all misreported the amount of U.S. aid Israel to help compensate for damage caused by Iraqi missiles during the Gulf War. All three eventually corrected.
CAMERA staff prompted the following correction at USA Today concerning the amount of Gaza land controlled by Israeli settlements:
CAMERA staff prompted the following correction in the Los Angeles Times today regarding a news article which wrongly stated that Israel had annexed the West Bank and Gaza:
CAMERA obtained a correction in the San Diego Union-Tribune regarding a Nov. 28, 2004 commentary by Khalid Turaani in which he erroneously asserted that refugee camps in the Gaza Strip are the world's most densely populated places.
So when is a correction not a correction? Often, when it's a Washington Post attempt to remedy a mistake in the paper's Arab-Israeli coverage.
In the June/July issue of American Journalism Review, Barbara Matusow covered the contentious topic of criticism of Middle East news coverage. In avoiding any substantive assessment of the content of the criticism, Matusow's overarching message was that journalists are a blameless, beleaguered group, assailed by propagandists and baseless accusations. Her implication was proven baseless when CAMERA prompted the following correction on Matusow's own report.