| Boycott Watch
has reported boycotts of various newspapers and NPR by some Jewish groups
because of an anti-Israel bias. While Boycott Watch does not enter into
political arguments, we could not help but notice a blatant bias in an article
by the Cox News Service, which boasts to be "one of the nation's largest
newspaper publishing enterprises," producing 17 daily and 25 weekly
newspapers." Cox News Service also claims to "file upwards of 500 stories every
week directly to the 650 worldwide."
Being a large
news publisher also carries responsibility higher than that of small papers
since it has such far reaching impact. All news services must be fair in their
reporting, and although some reports may lean in one direction or another, it
is the responsibility of the writers, editors and management to make sure
stories are accurate. Cox, with its vast resources, is expected to accurate and
fair all the time.
That responsibility, however, did
not stop Cox News Service from blaming the court that punished a criminal for
the crime itself. Sounds like something out of a bad sci-fi movie? Maybe, but
that is what Cox News Service and reporters Margaret Coker and Craig Nelson did
in one of it's recent reports titled "Killing of Hamas Leader Ends
On August 20, 2003, a terrorist attack by
Hamas and Islamic Jihad resulted in the murder of 25 civilians on a bus in
Jerusalem. Israel enacted revenge a day later by killing a leader of Hamas and
his two body guards. Hamas then accused Israel of breaking the 8 week cease
fire even though it was Hamas that carried out one of the worst terrorist
attacks Israel has ever seen just one day earlier, which resulted in Israel's
Cox News Service reported that Israel's
actions were the cause of the end of the cease-fire. That report was totally
disingenuous. Just as you can not blame a broken arm one got in a car accident
as the cause of the car accident, you can not blame Israel's response to the
Hamas terrorist attack as breaking the cease fire.
This report does not claim all reports are biased one
way or the other, but the Cox News Service report blaming Israel for breaking a
cease fire arrangement demonstrates clear bias.
Boycott Watch contacted CAMERA, the Committee for
Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, and enquired about other national
papers reporting on the event. According to CAMERA, there were 3 other
syndicated column headlines, all of which had similar titles.
CAMERA can be visited at their web site,