December 22, 2009
Dishonest Reporter Award 2009
Our annual recognition of the most skewed and biased coverage of the Mideast conflict.
This year, a four-letter word dominated coverage of Israel on a near-daily basis.
The war — which began at the end of December in response to increased Palestinian rocket fire — ended on the 20th day of the year.
The media war was dizzying. A prominent Greek weekly called Jews “Christ killers.” Hamas terror leaders got soapboxes in prominent US and British papers. BBC Arabic hosted a wonk who justified the death of Israeli kids. Canadian and Aussie reporters had close calls with Qassams; Israel restricted media access to Gaza in large part because of the Hamas “CNN strategy.” Al-Aqsa TV writers killed off Assud the Rabbit. And when Hamas fired a rocket from a foreign press building, an Al-Arabiya journalist’s delighted reaction was caught on camera for YouTube posterity.
Perhaps the most definitive example of the spin games Israel confronted in the mainstream media was from South African editor Mondli Makhanya and his pernicious portrayal of Israel:
More at Honest Reporting.