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4.08.2004

HonestReporting.com

Thanks for the link to HonestReporting.com.

But just how honest is this media watch organization? It comes into question when the purpose of HonestReporting.com is listed at the website as the following--"If you understand how critical it is to keep the media honest, so that public opinion stays stronger for Israel, please make a generous tax-deductible gift now. We depend on the good will and generosity of concerned individuals like yourself, who help us to combat anti-Israel media bias worldwide. The battle for public opinion is key for Israel, and one in which HonestReporting, working hand-in-hand with informed, committed people like you, is making a difference!"

Here is a site where its stated purpose is to support Israel and correct what it considers misrepresentation of Israel. While such an organization may strive to be impartial, I would argue it is far less likely to be so because of this stated goal. I would also argue that this conclusion is supported by the content of the site's articles.

A similar problem is found, in my opinion, with the group CAMERA, Committe for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, which states at its website--"In recent years misinformation about the Middle East has also surfaced in fashion magazines, architectural publications, encyclopedias, professional reference works, geography textbooks, travel guides, and even dictionaries. Frequently inaccurate and skewed characterizations of Israel and of events in the Middle East may fuel anti-Israel and anti-Jewish prejudice."

Similar overt statements can be found for Palestinian and Arab groups, such as Arab Media Watch which states--"Arab Media Watch is dedicated to improving the objectivity and comprehensiveness of the British Media's reporting on Arab issues."

Like the others, there seems to be what might be termed as "bias" in that each site overtly claims its purpose stems from its support of a particular state or ethnicity. This is more obvious than "bias" in the United States media in so far as the purpose of media groups like the Los Angeles Times is not defined specifically to support the United States, any other goverment, or particular ethnicity or religious group.

-S. Schudy



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