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Temple Mount: What
Temple Mount: What's the point in praying if you can't bring your gun?
Published: 2017/07/23
Channel: HonestReporting
Media, Murder and Israel
Media, Murder and Israel
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: HonestReporting
Is the Western Wall in Israel? - HR Interviews
Is the Western Wall in Israel? - HR Interviews 'Confused' Tourists
Published: 2010/04/22
Channel: HonestReporting
How to Fake an Anti-Israel News Photo
How to Fake an Anti-Israel News Photo
Published: 2012/07/02
Channel: HonestReporting
Why Won
Why Won't The Independent Remove This Article?
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: HonestReporting
Trump, Israel and the Media
Trump, Israel and the Media's Epic Fail
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: HonestReporting
Misleading Terminology: HonestReporting
Misleading Terminology: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#1 of 8
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting on Israel Now News - Oct. 21, 2017
HonestReporting on Israel Now News - Oct. 21, 2017
Published: 2017/10/23
Channel: HonestReporting
Is Europe Promoting the Next Mideast Massacre?
Is Europe Promoting the Next Mideast Massacre?
Published: 2017/12/05
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting Video: Throwing Stones is Not "Non-Violent"
HonestReporting Video: Throwing Stones is Not "Non-Violent"
Published: 2013/03/20
Channel: HonestReporting
Israel
Israel's Channel 10 Report on Media Bias feat. HonestReporting
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: HonestReporting
Opinions Disguised as News: HonestReporting
Opinions Disguised as News: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#3 of 8
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: HonestReporting
Jerusalem: The Media Myth of Two Cities
Jerusalem: The Media Myth of Two Cities
Published: 2011/05/01
Channel: HonestReporting
Imbalanced Reporting: HonestReporting
Imbalanced Reporting: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#2 of 8
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting Goes North - Intro
HonestReporting Goes North - Intro
Published: 2006/07/26
Channel: plosker
HonestReporting Video: Blaming Israel for a Hamas Murder
HonestReporting Video: Blaming Israel for a Hamas Murder
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: HonestReporting
True Facts, False Conclusions: HonestReporting
True Facts, False Conclusions: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#6 of 8
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: HonestReporting
Distortion of Facts: HonestReporting
Distortion of Facts: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#7 of 8
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: HonestReporting
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner at HonestReporting
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner at HonestReporting
Published: 2015/04/12
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting
HonestReporting's Mission to Israel
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: HonestReporting
Missing Context: HonestReporting
Missing Context: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#4 of 8
Published: 2016/06/30
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting
HonestReporting's Yarden Frankl on VOI Radio: The Dam Story and Response to Rudoren
Published: 2015/03/01
Channel: HonestReporting
Lack of Transparency: HonestReporting
Lack of Transparency: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#8 of 8
Published: 2016/12/27
Channel: HonestReporting
Laura Ingraham and Lifezette leading the way in honest reporting of black riots in Philadelphia
Laura Ingraham and Lifezette leading the way in honest reporting of black riots in Philadelphia
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Colin Flaherty YouTube Channel
Israel under fire: Team HonestReporting takes cover from Hamas rocket attack on Jerusalem
Israel under fire: Team HonestReporting takes cover from Hamas rocket attack on Jerusalem
Published: 2012/11/20
Channel: HonestReporting
Don
Don't Be Misled - Israel Wants Peace
Published: 2011/09/14
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting Goes North - Safed Under Fire
HonestReporting Goes North - Safed Under Fire
Published: 2006/07/26
Channel: plosker
HonestReporting Video: Anti-Israel Activists Fake Another Photo
HonestReporting Video: Anti-Israel Activists Fake Another Photo
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: HonestReporting
Selective Omission: HonestReporting
Selective Omission: HonestReporting's 8 Categories of Media Bias, Video#5 of 8
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: HonestReporting
Al Dura Karsenty HonestReporting/Take-A-Pen Video
Al Dura Karsenty HonestReporting/Take-A-Pen Video
Published: 2007/11/12
Channel: HonestReporting
HR Podcast 22: Silwan - A Clear-Cut Case of Collusion?
HR Podcast 22: Silwan - A Clear-Cut Case of Collusion?
Published: 2010/10/11
Channel: HonestReporting
WIZO
WIZO's "Talking Tachlis" Interview with HonestReporting's Managing Editor, Simon Plosker
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: World WIZO
Dr. Jonathan Spyer: HonestReporting Speaker Series
Dr. Jonathan Spyer: HonestReporting Speaker Series
Published: 2015/07/28
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting Goes North - Visit to Sieff Hospital
HonestReporting Goes North - Visit to Sieff Hospital
Published: 2006/07/27
Channel: plosker
HonestReporting: Israel é um Estado de Apartheid?
HonestReporting: Israel é um Estado de Apartheid?
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting Podcast 10: Flotilla of violence
HonestReporting Podcast 10: Flotilla of violence
Published: 2010/06/01
Channel: HonestReporting
HonestReporting Podcast 8 - Comedy Central
HonestReporting Podcast 8 - Comedy Central's new anti-Israel game
Published: 2010/05/16
Channel: HonestReporting
Honest Reporting Ep01 - TheAachaladka ft. Awaaz I Aman Ki Awaaz
Honest Reporting Ep01 - TheAachaladka ft. Awaaz I Aman Ki Awaaz
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: TheAachaladka
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L'Chayim: Gary Kenzer "Honest Reporting"
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: JBS
HonestReporting Visits Sderot
HonestReporting Visits Sderot
Published: 2006/12/28
Channel: plosker
Trump, Israel and the Media
Trump, Israel and the Media's Epic Fail ! HONEST REPORTING !
Published: 2016/11/18
Channel: cips clips (1883)
Honest Reporting: Holding the Media to Account (pt. 1)
Honest Reporting: Holding the Media to Account (pt. 1)
Published: 2014/01/23
Channel: TheJerusalemCenter
Honest Reporting   Yisrael Ne
Honest Reporting Yisrael Ne'eman Israel northern border
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: LES GLASSMAN
Hamas: Strike the Pigs and Monkeys, the Jews
Hamas: Strike the Pigs and Monkeys, the Jews
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: HonestReporting
Obama Admin & Democrats Deny Obamacare Findings As Jon Stewart Rips Honest Reporting - Lou Dobbs
Obama Admin & Democrats Deny Obamacare Findings As Jon Stewart Rips Honest Reporting - Lou Dobbs
Published: 2014/02/08
Channel: Mass Tea Party - Wake Up America!
Honest Reporting with Yisrael Ne
Honest Reporting with Yisrael Ne'eman - Israel's Northern Border tour
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: LES GLASSMAN
HonestReporting Goes North - Missile Damage in Safed
HonestReporting Goes North - Missile Damage in Safed
Published: 2006/07/27
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Honest Reporting Yisrael Ne'eman Israel northern border
Published: 2016/05/07
Channel: LES GLASSMAN
HonestReporting Goes North - In the Bomb Shelter
HonestReporting Goes North - In the Bomb Shelter
Published: 2006/07/27
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HonestReporting (also Honest Reporting or honestreporting.com) non-governmental organization that monitors the media for what it perceives as bias against Israel and has been described by several news outlets as pro-Israel.[1][2][3] The organization is a United States 501(c)3 registered charity headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, with its editorial staff based in Jerusalem, Israel. It has affiliates in the United States, UK, Canada, Italy, and Brazil.

History[edit]

HonestReporting (HR) was founded by British university students in 2000, during Yom Kippur, at the onset of the Second Intifada, which led to the death of hundreds of Israelis and thousands of Palestinians. HonestReporting's self-declared mission is to expose what its members consider bias against Israel in the western media.

In 2003, HonestReporting Canada (HRC) was founded as an "independent, non-profit organization" headquartered in Toronto, Canada.[citation needed]

In February 2006, HonestReporting was granted "independent Charitable Organization status in Israel to complement its US and Canadian status."[citation needed]

In March 2006, HonestReporting UK was launched by two expatriate Britons, CEO Joe Hyams, and Managing Editor Simon Plosker.[4][citation needed] In 2011, HR UK was later merged into the main HR.com site.[5]

Mission[edit]

HR's self-declared mission statement claims that,

HonestReporting combats the false depiction of Israel in the media by challenging the biased coverage and demanding accountability. HR's mission is to educate the public about unfair media coverage of Israel and to empower the grassroots to respond in an effective manner.[6]

Activities[edit]

Media Alerts[edit]

Media critiques, commentaries, and action alerts hold the media to account and serve as direct communication with HonestReporting's readers.[6]

Israel Daily News Stream[edit]

A daily roundup of news and how the media is covering Israel.[6]

Missions[edit]

HR runs two missions per year. These week-long educational seminars bring community leaders and advocates to Israel to learn first-hand about current events, hearing from high-level speakers and visiting places of interest.[7]

Film production[edit]

HonestReporting, in addition to media watch activities, co-marketed a documentary discussing the Arab–Israeli conflict in association with former HR President Ephraim Shore's twin brother Raphael Shore.[8] This film was entitled Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East. Independently of HonestReporting, the same team produced a film titled Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. HonestReporting's subsequent videos include What Really Happened?, which deals with the al-Durrah affair as well as many other short videos dealing with media bias issues and the Arab-Israeli conflict.[9]

Successes[edit]

HonestReporting has prompted many corrections in the media over the years[10][better source needed] including:

NPR map[edit]

In January 2016, National Public Radio’s (NPR) ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen released an explanation and apology for a map published on the news organization’s website that erased Israel from the Middle East. Shortly after HonestReporting ran a piece on the issue, NPR began receiving critical emails about the map and removed it promptly, according to Jensen, who credited HonestReporting for exposing the error.[11][12]

CNN map[edit]

In November 2015, a report on CNN's Money website on Islamic State and dangerous parts of the world, displayed a map that showed Israel labeled "Palestina." The map was removed after it was publicly highlighted by HonestReporting.[13]

Time magazine organ-harvesting[edit]

In August 2014, Time magazine retracted allegations that Israeli soldiers harvested and sold Palestinian organs in response to complaints from HonestReporting.

The magazine deleted the allegations from a two-minute video on its website about the Israel Defense Forces, writing at the end, "Correction: The original version of this video cited a contested allegation in a 2009 Swedish newspaper report as fact. The allegation has been removed from the video."[14]

CNN drops Mideast editor[edit]

In July 2010, CNN fired its Senior Mideast Editor Octavia Nasr after HonestReporting highlighted a Twitter message saying that she respected the Shiite cleric the Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Hezbollah's founders. The New York Times Media Decoder blog wrote:

Some supporters of Israel seized on the Twitter posting almost immediately. A Web site called Honest Reporting that says it is “dedicated to defending Israel against prejudice in the media” asked, “Is Nasr a Hezbollah sympathizer? This is disturbing enough given that the group is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and is committed to the destruction of Israel.

“And which of Fadlallah’s individual views does Nasr admire?”[15]

Comedy Central removes anti-Semitic video game[edit]

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

"I.S.R.A.E.L. Attack," which earlier this week was renamed "Drawn Together: The Movie: The Game," was removed from the Comedy Central site, according to Honest Reporting, which mounted a successful campaign to pressure the television network to remove the game based on an animated series that had run on Comedy Central.[16]

Legal action[edit]

Following the threat of legal action, The Guardian was forced to change its style guide and publicly acknowledge that Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel. As reported by The Times of Israel:

On April 22 [2012], the Guardian ran a page 27 correction apologizing for "wrongly" having called Jerusalem Israel's capital a few days earlier. The London-based paper then stated that according to its style guide, Tel Aviv is the country's capital. Indeed, the style guide at the time stated that designating Jerusalem as the capital is "a mistake we have made more than once."

After the Guardian's April correction—published after the paper ran a caption on a photo showing passengers on a train observing a two-minute silence for Holocaust Remembrance Day—Honest Reporting filed a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission.

The PPC, a non-governmental regulatory body which has the power to force publications to run corrections, initially defended the Guardian's position to call Tel Aviv Israel's capital, writing in its May ruling that "many countries" don't recognize Israel's classification of Jerusalem as its capital and that "those nations enjoying diplomatic relations with Israel have their embassies in Tel Aviv." Therefore, the PCC wrote, the Guardian "was entitled to refer to Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel. There was no breach of the code in this instance."

According to Honest Reporting, whose stated mission is "defending Israel from media bias," the London-based PCC ruling was flawed and had the "potential to further delegitimize Jerusalem's status as Israel's capital, giving the British media a carte blanche to follow The Guardian's lead." Therefore, Honest Reporting initiated steps to file for a judicial review of the decision, leading the PCC in July to retract its original ruling and to ask the Guardian to defend their position—which culminated in Wednesday's correction.[17]

The PCC later overturned its original decision, concluding that "the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of … the Editors' Code of Practice."[18]

Criticism[edit]

The American Journalism Review described the organisation as a "pro-Israeli pressure group".[19]

After being criticized by HonestReporting for articles published by The Independent, author Robert Fisk wrote in the Independent that some of their readers sent him hate-mail.[20]

Following a 2004 article published in the British Medical Journal which criticised Israel for a high level of Palestinian civilian casualties and claimed that the pattern of injuries suggested routine targeting of children in situations of minimal or no threat, the journal received over 500 responses to its website and nearly 1,000 sent directly to its editor. In an analysis of the responses published in the journal, Karl Sabbagh concluded that the correspondence was orchestrated by Honest Reporting and aimed at silencing legitimate criticism of Israel. In his analysis Sabbagh pointed to evidence that the correspondents had not read the article. Sabbagh also documented a significant proportion of offensive, abusive and racist insults among the correspondence. An editorial by the BMJ referred to the campaign as bullying and said that the best way to counter such behaviour was to expose it to public scrutiny.[21][22] Daniel Finkelstein, associate editor of The Times, responded that Sabbagh's piece was "anti-Israel propaganda" that did not meet even "basic academic standards" of scientific analysis.[23]

Honest Reporting Canada[edit]

HonestReporting Canada (HRC) is the Canadian branch of the organization. It monitors Canadian media coverage of Israel and the Middle East to promote what it calls "balanced, accurate, and unbiased reporting" about Israel.[24]

HonestReporting Canada (HRC) was established in 2003 as an independent, non-profit group headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Since then, HRC has opened an office in Montreal in April 2008,[25] giving them official national and bilingual status. HRC plans to further expand across the country to other large Canadian cities and extend their operations to include regular monitoring of college and university campus papers.[26]

The executive director of HonestReporting Canada is Mike Fegelman and Assistant Director is Paul Agoston. Prominent Canadian Conservative Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Peter Kent has served on the board of Honest Reporting Canada.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Obsession' stokes passions, fears and controversy". Haaretz. 
  2. ^ "Fake photos of escalation posted on Twitter". Jerusalem Post. 
  3. ^ HonestReporting says of itself that it is "an organization dedicated to defending Israel against prejudice in the Media, we aim to provide educational tools and resources to anyone wishing to advocate for Israel." HonestReporting, Our Mission, accessed 18 July 2009
  4. ^ "HonestReporting Launches UK Site - TJ News Archive". TJ News Archive. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  5. ^ "HR: Elevating Action Against the UK Media". HonestReporting. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  6. ^ a b c "HonestReporting - Start Here". honestreporting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  7. ^ Networks, Inbetwin. "HonestReporting Mission | Home". honestreporting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  9. ^ "HonestReporting". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Search for "success" - HonestReporting". honestreporting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  11. ^ "NPR's Error-Filled Map: An Explanation". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  12. ^ "NPR apologizes for map that erased Israel". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  13. ^ "Israel Hayom". November 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Time Retracts Claim That Israeli Troops Harvested Palestinian Organs". Haaretz. JTA. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  15. ^ Stelter, Brian. "CNN Drops Editor After Hezbollah Comments". Media Decoder Blog. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  16. ^ "Comedy Central removes anti-Semitic video game". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  17. ^ "Guardian: We were wrong to call Tel Aviv Israel's capital". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  18. ^ "UK media watchdog rules: Tel Aviv is not the capital". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  19. ^ Matusow, Barbara (June–July 2004). "Caught in the Crossfire". American Journalism Review. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  20. ^ Fisk, Robert (28 May 2001), "The internet threat to truly honest reporting", The Independent, retrieved 2011-03-03 
  21. ^ Fiona Godlee, Tony Delamothe. "What to do about orchestrated email campaigns". British Medical Journal. www.bmj.com. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Sabbagh, Karl (24 February 2009). "Perils of criticising Israel". British Medical Journal. 338. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  23. ^ Finkelstein, Daniel (5 March 2009). "Medical journal made me ill". The Jewish Chronicle Online. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  24. ^ The Canadian Jewish News - Films at Concordia cause controversy Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Headlines & Deadlines
  26. ^ Mike Fegelman, HRC Executive Director, June 18, 2008, Toronto
  27. ^ "Environment Canada - The Minister of the Environment". Ec.gc.ca. 2013-07-16. Archived from the original on 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 

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