The Economist responded to CAMERA's critique of its one-sided and distorted article on Jerusalem. But despite an editor’s assertion that the Economist "always strives to present a fair picture," the magazine's defense merely reinforced the article’s unfair, partisan attitude.
The Economist, with Al Jazeera hot on its heels, has dug up a new Israeli villain: traffic lights. The news organizations allege Jerusalem traffic lights oppress Arabs with long red signals. In fact, Jewish and Arab traffic on major roads takes precedence over Jewish and Arab traffic on smaller roads.
In a letter in the International Herald Tribune, Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi defies Elie Wiesel "to find three Muslim families in all of West Jerusalem." The Jerusalem resident thereby erases from existence nearly 4,000 Muslims, including her neighbors.
Ha'aretz veteran writer Akiva Eldar is befuddled on Jerusalem, falsely claiming that West Bank Muslims and Christians cannot visit the holy sites and that only east Jerusalem women and children may enter the Temple Mount.
If the Economist's latest on Jerusalem meant to educate readers about the complexities of the city, it failed miserably. If its goal was to promote an inaccurate, unfair and one-sided account of current events, it sadly succeeded.
AP's ahistorical claim that conflict over eastern Jerusalem began only when Israel captured the area from Jordan in 1967 has yet to be corrected. In fact, the conflict raged in 1948, and even earlier.
James Carroll portrays the evictions of Palestinian famillies in Jerusalem as evidence of creeping annexation by Israel ignoring the fact that they failed to pay their rent.
Tim McGirk, Time Magazine's Jerusalem bureau chief, has once again replaced objective reporting with advocacy journalism, this time promoting opponents of archeological excavations in the City of David in an article entitled “Archaeology in Jerusalem: Digging Up Trouble.”
In a Panorama documentary about Jerusalem, viewers learn less about demographics, demolitions and the path to peace than they do about BBC's own biases about Jerusalem.
Although NPR coverage of Israel is not as slanted as it once was, recent examples of bias, like the piece on illegal construction in East Jerusalem by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, show that old habits die hard.