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Media Bias Expert: Recent Corrections by Major Newspapers Rare Exceptions to Anti-Israel Culture

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JNS.org – A media bias expert said this week that recent corrections issued by the New York Times and Washington Post of their Israel coverage were rare exceptions in a media “culture” that disfavors the Jewish state.

Gilead Ini, a senior research analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), told JNS.org that the newspapers’ corrections were the “least readers deserve,” after the Times apologized for failing to mention Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti’s five murder convictions in the biographical line of his recent op-ed, and the Post issued a brief note recognizing that a Richard Cohen op-ed last month incorrectly stated Israel reserves certain roads for Jews’ exclusive use (The Post correction was made after CAMERA sent a complaint. Cohen told JNS.org the correction was published with his approval. )

But, Ini added, “Readers of serious newspapers deserve more than the least.”

“If errors tend to consistently skew in one direction — and the anti-Israel skew of each of these major corrections is not a coincidence, but a trend — then newspapers need to look into a culture that seems especially indulgent with outlandish anti-Israel accusations,” he said.

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“It’s not enough to correct only some errors — ‘sometimes accurate’ is a terrible epithet for a serious media organization,” Ini noted.

Ini pointed out that the Times has failed to correct recent articles claiming Israel has not invested in infrastructure for its Arab population, and that a new Israeli town in the Negev will be for Jewish residents only.

Likewise, longtime monitors of the Post‘s Israel coverage will view the correction of the Cohen column as the exception that proves the rule.

Carol Greenwald, treasurer and spokesperson for the Washington, DC-based group, Eye on the Post told JNS.org, “The fact that Cohen would repeat this canard [about Jew-only roads], which has been corrected numerous times in other news outlets, indicates that Cohen and the Post have bought into the preposterous lie that Israel is an apartheid state.”

Greenwald added that she believes the paper’s coverage of Israel “has never been as biased as the New York Times, but its coverage has never been unbiased or fair.”

“How bad [the Post] is fluctuates with individual reporters’ biases, but in general it has never been good coverage and it has not gotten better over the years,” she said.

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