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media bias

Oops?

05.15.2005

Where were Newsweek’s fact-checkers on this story? Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article. Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed […]

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Biased or just plain dumb?

05.04.2005

Lisa has some insight into why so much of the foreign media coverage of Israel is so shoddy: While standing in a tiny area reserved for the press, I struck up a conversation with a European photographer who had arrived in Israel three weeks previously. He had not yet been out of Jerusalem, and asked […]

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Reuters does it again

04.14.2005

Check out the opening paragraph of this news story on North Korea’s nuclear announcement: North Korea is to strengthen its “atomic potential” in response to Washington’s hostile policies, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency quoted the president of its parliament as saying Thursday. The article then continues to expand on the quotes from the Dear Leader of […]

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Let the revisionist journalism begin

10.28.2004

Arafat’s “condition”, which probably is nowhere near as serious as the reports are making it out to be, is inspiring articles that predict how Arafat’s “legacy” will be rewritten by the press. Reuters can always be counted on to lead off with a shining example: Foreign doctors rushed to Yasser Arafat’s side on Thursday to […]

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What’s missing from this article?

09.23.2004

Let’s play a game: what’s missing from this Guardian article about a British MP complaining of “mistreatment” by Israel because his ambulance was held at a Palestinian checkpoint? Let’s see… one-sided criticism of Israel? Check. Editorial characterization in guise of fact? Check. Quotes from the MP, Ian Gibson – who, it should be noted, was […]

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CBS News scandal

09.22.2004

The Daily Show‘s take on it: “Somewhere, Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave.” “Walter Cronkite is still alive.” “Not according to my sources.”

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A case study of media bias

08.23.2004

All of the following headlines refer to, in theory, the same story: Jerusalem Post: US, Israel in informal deal on settlements Jerusalem Post: PA slams US settlement policy Haaretz: Tenders issued for 1,000 housing units in W. Bank settlements Canadian Press (as reported on Canada.com): Israel approves more West Bank settlement homes, escalating crisis Associated […]

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Media manipulation as art

08.16.2004

And it’s business as usual for AP, writing underdog pieces about their favourite Palestinian media darlings trying to stand up to the big bad evil tyrants of Israel. This time, the issue is a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners, which is about as made-for-the-media an event as I can possibly imagine: Palestinian prisoners launched a […]

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Crisis in Gaza? What crisis?

07.25.2004

It’s easy for Arafat to deny any crisis when journalists receive death threats for reporting it: Palestinian journalists covering the ongoing crisis in the Palestinian Authority complained over the weekend that they had received death threats from the various feuding parties. As a result, many of them said they have stopped covering the internecine fighting. […]

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More anti-Israel bias from the CBC

05.18.2004

Al-Canada The CBC continues its regularly biased coverage of Israel, in an article that paints the defencive Rafah incursions as a “massacre” (taking Arafat at his word, it seems): Israel’s continuing assault on the Rafah refugee camp has killed another 20 Palestinians. The operation along the Gaza-Egypt border has sparked a growing international outcry. The […]

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