The subject of media bias against Israel is one that just doesn’t die, as my regular readers well know. The latest war with the Palestinians in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, threw a spotlight onto the international media, and their reporting – or misreporting – highlighting the bias and the ignorance of so many reporters.
Honest Reporting has produced a slideshow of the five major media fails from the Gaza conflict, which illustrates clearly and concisely how the media failed in its true purpose of bringing accurate information to the public.
In a similar way, the Israeli veteran journalist Ben-Dror Yemini has exposed the “Industry of Lies” of both the international and local media in their reporting on Israel:
A veteran Israeli investigative journalist, known for decades of hard hitting local reporting, now says, “Enough!” to what he calls an “industry of lies” in the international and local press obsessively defaming and demonizing Israel.
“They have simply gone mad,” Ben-Dror Yemini said in a no-holds barred interview with Israel’s Channel 2 News, aired over the weekend, in the run up to the English-language publication of his account, “Industry of Lies.”
Internationally respected for his non-partisan reports for the local Maariv daily, as well as a host of other news outlets over the years, Yemini said that, in light of the grotesque development of a rising Islamic State and other brutal jihadists, that the narrow focus and near-exclusive blame on Israel for the state of the middle east “…is exploding in our faces today.”
“The monster is not Israel, the monster is not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” charges Yemini, listing far-lesser covered killing fields across the middle east and Africa.
Despite his hard-hitting views on the media, Yemini is no right-winger and does not approve of the settlements which he thinks contributes to the anti-Israel bias. I strongly disagree with this stance yet this does not detract, however, from his views of the media.
Watch this interview with him as he talks about his book:
In particular he focuses on Haaretz which, as I have written before, is a prime culprit and source for so much anti-Israel reporting in the foreign media.
If we don’t fix our own media and hold them to account, how can we expect the international media to report accurately?