“One of the lessons that we learn from studying Jewish history,” the historian Paul Johnson observed, “is that anti-Semitism corrupts the people and societies possessed by it.” As CAMERA highlighted in JNS, Lebanon offers a tragic case in point.
CAMERA last night elicited a commendable on the air correction of the previous week's PBS "NewsHour Weekend" edition which had grossly inflated the number of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and overstated the percentage of the registered refugees living in refugee camps.
While the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine is grappling with a serious funding shortfall, the controversial organization enjoys vast marketing and public relations resources, drawing on the support of sympathetic journalists. PBS' NewsHour is the latest media outlet to join the campaign.
UPDATE: NBC deletes a "Today Show" report about about demonstrations in Lebanon which had mistakenly included frames from protests in Jerusalem in which Israeli flags are visible.
Zvi Bar'el reports as fact Hezbollah's disputed, unproven accusation that former SLA-member Amer Fakhoury is the "butcher" responsible for mass murder and torture at Lebanon's Khiyam prison years ago. The Haaretz reporter also bizarrely suggests that Fakhoury's case was a Republican issue, when in fact the fight for his release from Lebanon was completely bipartisan, headed up by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (pictured).