Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Washington Post's shameless piece, essentially Palestinian propaganda, disguised as news

...hiding context, covering up inconvenient facts, disguising opinions as news, and utterly neglecting to include any balancing statements, clearly violates the professional standards of the Washington Post, as well as basic common sense. Even worse: absolving Palestinians of all responsibility for a genuinely complex and dangerous situation, while utterly vilifying Israelis, is beyond unprofessional: it is just plain wrong.

Daniel Pomerantz..
Honest Reporting..
28 May '17..

Professional ethics require objectivity, balance and context, so that a news reader may fully understand a story and make their own, informed judgments about any moral issues involved.

Which is why it is so disturbing that The Washington Post should suddenly throw its reputation for professionalism out the window when addressing checkpoints: in favor of slamming Israel in a shameless piece of what is essentially Palestinian propaganda, disguised as news.

The Washington Post’s own ethical rules clearly state [emphasis added]:

Washington Post reporters and editors are pledged to approach every assignment with the fairness of open minds and without prior judgment. The search for opposing views must be routine. Comment from persons accused or challenged in stories must be included. The motives of those who press their views upon us must routinely be examined, and it must be recognized that those motives can be noble or ignoble, obvious or ulterior…
…No story is fair if it omits facts of major importance or significance. Fairness includes completeness.

Is it really acceptable for Washington Post journalists to flagrantly violate the rules of their own newspaper?

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