Friday, January 1, 2016

Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles for 2015 - by Sarit Catz

This year, the media have blundered all too many times in reporting on the Middle East. There were, unfortunately, countless potential "winners," but after careful consideration, CAMERA has identified the media's ten biggest bungles.

Sarit Catz..
CAMERA/Middle East Issues..
31 December '15..

1. Wave of Palestinian Violence Accompanied by Spate of Bad Journalism

Some correspondents and headline writers are doing a fine job reporting the terror attacks in Israel, but all too many others are failing at this task, relying on the passive voice, euphemism, and imprecision to obscure Palestinian terror attacks and even recast terrorists as victims of arbitrary Israeli violence. In a particularly noxious example, The New York Times incorrectly and absurdly described a butterfly knife wielded by a Palestinian attacker – a type of knife known to be used by street gangs and illegal in a number of countries and U.S. states – as a "Boy Scout"‑type knife. This was the third New York Times article mentioning the incident. In all three pieces, the brandishing of a knife was described merely as an Israeli allegation. In the latter two articles, Palestinian allegations that the knife was planted were given equal weight to Israel's description of the man holding a knife, despite the fact that he is shown on video wielding the knife. The Times issued a peculiarly worded and weak “correction.”

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