On PBS' Bill Moyers program, Chris Hedges makes a number of revealing assertions about journalism, truth, and Israel coverage. Surprisingly, he emphasizes the importance of fact-checking, something that was sorely lacking in his own Gaza reporting.
Ruqaya Izzidien, who has contributed to the Muslim Brotherhood Web site, deceives and self-censors to breathe new life into the old Gaza blockade story, accusing Israel of stifling Gaza's intellectual life by making it difficult to import books. (And never mind Hamas's bans on books and newspapers.)
For two consecutive days, Ha'aretz misrepresents the chronology of the recent escalation of violence in southern Israel and Gaza. The print edition falsely claims an Israeli strike on Gaza preceded the attacks on Mitzpeh Ramon and Ovda.
The Times publishes a puff piece that ignores the insidious truth about the smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Worse still, the story is yet another example of the editors' penchant for humanizing Palestinian Arabs while demonizing Israelis.
AFP ignores Palestinian rocket attacks launched Monday, falsely claiming that until Israel killed Islamic Jihad fighter Ismail al-Ismar Wednesday night, Palestinian groups respected the truce.
Once again, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights covers up combatant casualties. In the latest round of Gaza violence, PCHR ignores at least two, and possibly more, Islamic Jihad fatalities.
In its reporting on the abortive Gaza flotilla, The New York Times whitewashes the extremist affiliations of the flotilla organizers and conceals the harsh rhetoric of noted participants.
An AFP article today about Geoffrey Palmer's U.N. report on the 2010 flotilla highlights aspects of the document critical of Israel, but ignores parts that uphold Israel's position. When "man bites dog" is just not a story.
The Washington Post's reputation for investigative journalism, from 1970s Watergate coverage on, is well known. But when it comes to the story behind the much-hyped "Gaza aid flotilla II," The Post doesn't want to know. Late June reporting was a poor example for journalists and a disservice to readers.