David Friedman insisted that American news coverage is biased against Israel, but media analysts have concluded that the precise opposite is the case.
Friedman’s “anti-democratic demand” came during his speech at a media conference in Jerusalem on Monday, in which he complained without evidence that “nine out of ten articles that are written about the Gaza conflict are critical of Israel.”
“Just keep your mouths shut until you figure it out,” Friedman told reporters. “Because otherwise, all you’re doing is creating impressions that have no basis in fact. They fit a narrative. They fit an opinion. They fit an agenda. But it’s not reporting, because it’s not based on hard, factual analysis.”
Citing a example passages from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and several other major news sources, Gregory Shupak argued in an analysis for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) last month that American corporate outlets almost invariably take Israel’s side while effectively “blaming Palestinians for their own slaughter.”
“Based on media coverage,” wrote Shupak, “readers could be forgiven for concluding that it was Palestinians, not Israel, who carried out what Doctors Without Borders called ‘unacceptable and inhuman’ violence.”
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