Rather than covering the contents of a new paper documenting Palestinian incitement, Ha'aretz's Barak Ravid attacks the report's authors for their ostensible political views, and is critical of Israel's Foreign Ministry for daring to adopt the report.
An upsurge in Palestinian violence and public invective against the Jewish state was frequently distorted and minimized by the media, which focused on Israel's alleged "provocations."
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.
Israeli commentators are sounding the alarm on the potentially devastating consequences of the Goldstone report on the stability of the situation in the West Bank. Outside of Israel, the media has fallen behind on evolving events.
The New York Times' Magazine feature "Can the Muppets Make Friends in on the West Bank?" (October 4) misleads readers about the toxic nature of Palestinian television for children, which has gone so far as to teach its audience to want to "slaughter" Jews.
Christiane Amanpour's CNN Special Generation Islam was supposed to explore the battle for the "hearts and minds" of young Muslims, especially in Afghanistan and Gaza. Unfortunately it was instead the usual Amanpour propaganda, especially in the second hour, where the subject might have been Gaza but the target was clearly Israel.
The New York Times hailed the new members of the Fatah Central Committee as pragmatic. Israeli interrogations of terrorists during the Second Intifada suggest otherwise.
The media has long promoted Fatah — in contrast to Hamas — as the party of Palestinian political moderates seeking peace with Israel, while glossing over evidence to the contrary. An example of this was coverage by some media outlets of the Sixth Fatah General Congress, the first such conference in twenty years, which has just concluded.
Jimmy Carter noticeably toned down his rhetoric in his most recent book; but the text – an obvious attempt to sanitize Hamas’ hostility and violence – is still filled with errors of fact and marred by egregious omissions.
A front-page feature on April 1, 2008 in both the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune highlights the serious issue of Palestinian indoctrination with detailed examples of Hamas incitement in children’s television shows and in mosques.