Hat tip: HonestReporting
"We expect journalists to maintain independence and objectivity -- and certainly not pledge "cooperation" with one side of an armed struggle. But when in October 2000 a representative of Italian state television issued an apology in Arabic over the filming of a brutal lynching of two Israelis in Ramallah, and promised to cooperate more fully with the Palestinian Authority in the future, Western sensibilities were shaken.
Why is the media biased? It could be they are intimidated by Palestinian strongmen into covering only their 'positive' side, while Israeli democracy permits more open coverage of the Israeli position. Or it could be that it's more exciting to root for the underdog. Or it could be that the world applies a moral double-standard to Israel.
Conrad Black, former CEO of Hollinger International and publisher of The Spectator (London) and The Jerusalem Post writes:'The British media habitually apply a double standard when judging the Israelis and Palestinians
. Behind the spurious defence of merely seeking justice for the Palestinians, most of the relevant sections of the BBC, Independent, Guardian, Evening Standard and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are rabidly anti-Israel.'"
Here are the "7 Violations of Media Objectivity
":Misleading definitions and terminology
-- By using terminology and definitions in a way that implies accepted fact, the media injects bias under the guise of objectivity.Imbalanced reporting
-- Media reports frequently skew the picture by presenting only one side of the story.Opinions disguised as news
.Lack of context
-- By failing to provide proper context and full background information, journalists can dramatically distort the true picture.Selective omission
-- By choosing to report certain events over others, the media controls access to information and manipulates public sentiment.Using true facts to draw false conclusions
-- Media reports frequently use true facts to draw erroneous conclusions.Distortion of facts
-- In today's competitive media world, reporters frequently do not have the time, inclination or resources to properly verify information before submitting a story for publication.