Reality – with which HRW has a tenuous relationship – can be rather inconvenient and complicated. But if HRW seeks to maintain any shred of credibility as a fact-driven, impartial institution, it cannot simply sweep away these complicating and inconvenient factors in pursuit of a partisan narrative.
History shows it doesn't take much for Gaza sources to override the essential journalistic dose of skepticism. After gargantuan flour consumption and Israeli-induced flooding, the latest tall tale hits the MRI machine-bereft territory: soaring mountains of spent batteries as high as the Arc de Triomphe.
Reuters' failure to correct its own mistaken footage calls into question the competency of its editorial unit dedicated to fact-checking visual material and social media claims.
With "Generation Gaza: The Young Have Pride Despite Privations," Janine di Giovanni proves that neither age nor time spent in the field dictates journalistic mastery. Antipathy can be a much more compelling influence.
At the Philadelphia Inquirer, the forecast for Hamas is always sunny, all problems can be attributed to the Jewish state, and Palestinian leaders are completely without independent agency. Such paternalistic thinking is a staple at the Philadelphia newspaper, CAMERA tells JNS
CBS and AFP ring in the New Year with old bad habits: deleting the Palestinian rocket attacks which precipitated today's Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip and omitting that Israel targeted Hamas.
Associated Press' imperfect headline is "Israel strikes Gaza after gunfire wounds civilian near fence." The Los Angeles Times further degrades it.
AFP corrects after erroneously reporting that Gaza "is fenced in on three sides by Israel." In fact, Egypt sits on one of the three land borders.
On Sept. 13, 2021, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Sharm El-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula. The event was the first public invitation for an Israeli premier to meet on Egyptian soil in a decade, but many in the media failed to place it in its proper historical context.
This week, both Hamas in Gaza and Fatah's Tanzim in the West Bank benefit from what is apparently AFP's equal opportunity tilt in the service of terror groups.