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Israel vs. the Foreign Media

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Much of the anti-Israel bias that is spread around the world is done so by the international media. JNS' Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman takes a look at this problem and how it has played out during the recent wave of terror faced by the Jewish state:

While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no stranger to making headlines, a brewing spat between the Israeli government and foreign media means that the headlines themselves—and the journalists behind them—become the story.

A CBS News headline from last month, “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” failed to identify those Palestinians as the terrorists who carried out the attack and neglected to mention the attack’s Israeli victim, policewoman Hadar Cohen.

CBS changed the headline—first to “Israeli police kill 3 alleged Palestinian attackers,” and then again to “Palestinians kill Israeli officer, wound another before being killed”—after receiving multiple complaints from media watchdog groups and Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO). On Feb. 9, Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) as well as the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee summoned leaders of the Foreign Press Association in Israel for a hearing. Livni said she was troubled by the CBS headline.

The Knesset hearing—which came less than a week after GPO Director Nitzan Chen threatened to revoke credentials from reporters over inaccurate reporting—led the chairman of the Foreign Press Association in Israel, Reuters regional bureau chief Luke Baker, to slam the messaging of the Israeli government, army, and police.

“We do not agree that the foreign media are biased, and the legitimacy of Israel’s campaign against terrorism is entirely determined by how Israel conducts that campaign. It has nothing to do with the foreign media,” Baker said at the hearing.

Baker’s reportedly hostile attitude at the hearing was not indicative of an isolated frustration, but rather a growing and nearly explosive antagonism between foreign media and the State of Israel...

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