CAMERA Launches Billboard Campaign Faulting New York Times Bias Against Israel

Jan 27, 2014, 12:11 ET from Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

BOSTON, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new campaign by CAMERA, (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) employs a prominent billboard adjacent to The New York Times offices to publicize its concerns about biased coverage of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.


The billboard headline reads: "Would A Great Newspaper Slant The News Against Israel? The New York Times Does." A short list enumerates criticism. The message ends with a call to "Stop The Bias."

CAMERA Executive Director Andrea Levin said the decision to launch a billboard campaign grew out of continuing awareness that the influential publication misrepresents the story about Israel and the challenges it faces in the Middle East, seriously misleading readers and policymakers alike.

"There's a chronic bias embedded in the reporting and commentary," she said. " The public should be very skeptical about relying on The Times. Our advice is to go elsewhere for solid news." She added that CAMERA has in the last two years produced and distributed a six-month study that exposed the bias, held a meeting with editors, run informational briefings across America about Times coverage, begun an ad campaign in other newspapers about the bias – all the while continuing via communications with editors and correspondents to seek redress of skewed and inaccurate coverage."

"The bias is troubling which is why we've recently also been running ads in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, AM New York, New York Metro, citing specific issues," Levin said.

Senior Research Analyst Gilead Ini, a co-author with Ricki Hollander of CAMERA's study, entitled Indicting Israel, New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, said the newspaper skews the news by withholding some facts and emphasizing others. "Instead of telling readers all they need to know, The Times tells them what to think," he said.

Hollander notes that The New York Times frequently injects pejorative editorial comment in news coverage that disparages Israel's policies and negotiating positions. "This has no place in objective and ethical journalism," she observed.

CAMERA's newspaper ads focused on a 2013 Times magazine feature whitewashing the killer of terrorist victim Malki Roth who perished in a 2001 bombing in Jerusalem; another ad deplored the paper's failure to cover multiple instances of genocidal anti-Jewish and anti-Israel invective in the Palestinian media and public discourse.      

CAMERA is the 65,000-member, Boston-based watchdog that holds communications media to traditional journalism standards of accuracy, objectivity, context, comprehensiveness, balance, prompt correction of errors and absence of conflicts of interest.

SOURCE Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America