We won’t bore you with the nitty-gritty of what it took to get the Economist to correct a false claim about Jewish American attitudes toward Israel, but suffice to say that the word “begrudging” seems apt in characterizing their willingness to acknowledge error.
As we noted in a post on Nov. 27, in an attempt to support their conclusion – in a story (“Israel heads for a terrifying split,” Nov. 25) about Israel’s opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran and the P5+1 – that Jerusalem may find itself “at loggerheads with a large fraction of American Jews,” there was this passage, which we took a screenshot of at the time:
If the Economist’s intent was to show that American Jewish support for Israel – in the context of the current crisis – has diminished, the poll cited (on the views, again, of ALL Americans) clearly did not demonstrate this.
Today, after a series of emails to editors at the magazine, the passage has finally been amended – and now reads:
An earlier poll by the Anti-Defamation League found that if Israel were to carry out a military strike against Iran, 48% of Americans think their country should take a “neutral” position, while just 40% would favour supporting Israel.
The bottom of the article now also includes the following:
Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).