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.
CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman recently used his Twitter account to promote an anti-Israel rant by polemicist Juan Cole. Shortly thereafter, he engaged in some biased reporting of his own, stating that east Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians and claiming that Israel needs to be convinced to start direct negotiations with Palestinians.
Recently, the LA Times interviewed two politicians – Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Arab MK Ahmad Tibi, putting the paper's bias on full display. While controversies surrounding Barkat were detailed, reporter Edmund Sanders failed to inform readers of Tibi's support for Israel's enemies and allowed him to distort numerous other facts.
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.