WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS BLOG

INTRODUCTION      

If you want to read our pieces from a nicer newspaper style layout, go to: http://www.jewpi.com/category/ap-israel-watch/ . 

If you want to get a short but fair impression of AP Israel reporting, watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STOaCl-cES0&feature=channel . Yes, it’s a satire, but that’s what makes it so clear http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satire .

1. Here are emails [sometimes slightly modified] that we are sending to Associated Press about untruths in their Israel reporting.      

AP editors and writers can go on-line from the comfort and privacy of their own homes to read our feedback.     

The headlines of the posts here are the AP headlines. This way at the Web these AP reports should be easily found together with our emails. [When we don't react to an AP story but rather are being proactive & request a report from AP, the squarely bracketed headline is our suggestion to them. You will find these invitations in Chapter 4.]     

Here you find the AP articles from the horse’s mouth: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/external/search.hosted.ap.org/wireCoreTool/Search?SITE=MAFIT&query=israel . To find an article, even when removed by AP, we only have to search the title between quotation marks on the Internet.      

Direct quotes from the AP reports are “in italics & between quotation marks,” usually followed by comments or proof pointing out their problems.      

You’ll find the good AP reports reviewed in Chapter 2., the poor ones in Chapter 3., all of them below or in Chapter 0., and the most important ones in Chapter 5.      

Criteria for a report mark qualifying each report you’ll find in Chapter 8. Grades.      

2. Besides critiques on AP reports, we may find an [Editorial] now & then, with more general analysis of what seems to go on in AP Israel reporting. You will find them collected in Chapter 1.      

3. AP claims to have more than half the world’s population as readers & viewers. It influences public opinion and government policy internationally, as no one else. However, AP can write whatever it wants. Sure, freedom of the press is the best safeguard of democracy; democracy the best protector of human rights.  But on the other hand, no one insures that what AP writes is truthful and fair, but… our feedback. There is a need to put this in check.      

WHY AP?      

Why not rather go after news agencies that are worse on anti-Israel bias?      

1. Because we like AP & we want it to abide by its standards also about Israel.      

2. Because we want AP to set the standard for all other firms.      

3. Because AP is the biggest & after that reports fairly & honestly about Israel, all the others will have to follow.      

4. Because this action is about helping the best to improve, not about killing the worst.      

AP ISRAEL BIAS      

AP’s Israel reporting seems to go through ups and downs. Some AP  Middle-East reports are unbiased, but most strain the truth, ALWAYS to the disadvantage of Israel’s image. There are many types of distortions that we have seen around Israel by AP.      

Let’s first start with how AP is not biased around Israel & Jews. Generally, on archeological stuff, the Holocaust and signaling (the struggle against) anti-Semitism in the Diaspora, AP seem pretty fair.      

But AP generally under-reports/completely ignores:      

- Anything showing the State of Israel in a positive light      

- Anything showing the State of Israel in a neutral light      

- Anything showing normalcy, quiet or fun in the State of Israel      

- Anything showing the State of Israel as a victim of Arab violence      

- Anything showing the Palestinian people / Arabs as a victim of Arab violence, despotism and foreign interference      

- Anything showing genuine, heartfelt support for the State of Israel      

- The Israeli view and experience (by leaving it out, or mentioning it very late in a report, or going less into details, or quoting fewer people on that side, or over-flooding it with statements by the other side, including Israeli ultra-left-wing Israel-bashers) & over-exposes the Palestinian/Arab side of things.      

AP frequently expresses over-criticalness on Israeli views & experiences & often is unquestioning on Palestinian/Arab sides of things, even when they seem implausible.      

We see a twisting of the facts, but always so that Israel looks scandalous and Palestinians appear pitiful, while AP claims impartiality.      

AP has a special Israeli reporter on standby, ready to bash Israeli ultra-orthodox Jews.      

Most of AP’s Middle-East headlines are unfair if not outright biased.      

On no other subject we find that AP is so partial if at all.      

GRADES OF MEDIA BIAS      

Media bias can be in degrees. The five C’s.      

Grade 0. No bias and when mistakes swift Corrections.      

Grade 1. Coloring the reports. (Trends only towards one side.)      

Grade 2. Censoring the reports. (Omitting crucial parts.)      

Grade 3. Creating news stories. (Staging news “events.”)      

Grade 4. Coming into the stories. (From reporter to player.)      

On Israel Reporting, AP has fallen to Grade 4, years ago.      

ARE THERE MIDDLE-EAST SOLUTIONS?      

Everyone seems to have their own pet answers to the problems in the Middle-East. A 1-state, 2-states, 3-states, 4-states, 5-states solution among the more popular ones. Regularly, these are idealistic pipe dreams, not supported by the facts or the times, and the situations and the mindsets of the people involved. We will give you a brief insider’s view.      

We believe that there are no quick, easy solutions, and to do away with this uncomfortable idea, many people ignore reality. But we don’t have to agree on this analysis, though. It’s enough to love truth and fairness, to help resist disinformation.      

Fact is that much potential for peace is spoiled by outside interests that muddle the waters here (the Muddle-East), by corrupt leaders (who are in it for their own glory and money) and by playing the parties off against one another (We need to be for everyone’s long-term interests). Partial international news coverage and diplomacy are often part of all of this.      

To reach peace, many actions are needed; the first must be to disseminate correct information and to stop propaganda and incitement. (Other things to strive for could be: True representation of all people involved, Teaching all the local populations about Anti-Semitism and Racism and how to defeat these, Promoting tolerance and pride (disabling unneeded discord and self-blame), Educating against hopelessness and defeatism, etc.).      

With this blog we hope to contribute in a modest way toward this first goal of impartial international news coverage.      

CAN WE DO ANYTHING?      

Some of us feel too powerless or furious to confront the propaganda.      

Find here counterarguments & spirit to hold out pro truth, con hate.      

But when AP misses the mark:      

We don’t whine – rather, we accuse      

We’re not seething – rather, we’re indignant      

We won’t just criticize – rather, we bring truth & expect betterment.      

These emails might not be enough to change AP, though. Needed might be too:      

- That lots of people write such emails all the time.      

- That there will be alternative news outlets that do inform about Israel as should be done; we hear that FOX NEWS does a good job in the USA.      

- That a worldwide discussion will develop on how come such influential players as Reuters & AP can write whatever they want.      

- That it will be investigated who trained AP’s senior editors and who pays them.      

- That eventually the courts are found and addressed that will fine slander so well that it won’t pay to be a hatemonger or bigot anymore for anyone.      

- More?      

What may we do to help here?      

We can inform ourselves & start writing & help others to do the same.      

Here’s the standard AP claims to abide by (If it weren’t so sad it would be truly hilarious.): http://www.ap.org/newsvalues/index.html .      

Here’s some background information on AP TV England by a reporter: http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/62537/sec_id/62537 .      

Also promoting truer Israel reporting: http://www.hudson-ny.org/author/Khaled+Abu+Toameh , http://www.camera.org/ ,  http://www.debka.com/ , http://www.honestreporting.com/ , http://backspin.typepad.com/     

You will find a Guide how to write in Chapter 6.      

In Chapter 7. you may find counterarguments against popular anti-Israel bias.      

Do you agree? Can you help? Will you too write to AP? Will you stimulate others to write AP? AP news agency: info@ap.org .

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Pamela Anderson in Israel to promote fur ban

Dear Editor,

With your “Pamela Anderson in Israel to promote fur ban” AP again killed a pro-Israel story.

Instead of “Israel world leader in animal compassion,” your headline again stresses something negative about Israel – if only a lack of perfection.

We have to read to the sixth paragraph to find that: Anderson called Israel a “progressive” country because it had (sic!) no fur farms, and said that it can serve as “an example for the rest of the world.” It’s not clear why the word progressive had to be in inverted commas.

Shalom,

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Settlers confirm work has begun on up to 600 homes

Dear Editor,

AP’s sister writers Cunning and Guile have teamed up to write the daily installment on West Bank settlements and it shows! “Settlers confirm work has begun on up to 600 homes” is a master piece of deceit and sedition. Apparently, hate can also unite people, on the surface.

Shalom,

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Mideast sides eye US midterms and impact on talks

Dear Editor,

Amy Teibel tries to pull our leg again, in “Mideast sides eye US midterms and impact on talks.”

Want examples?

Look first at the opening paragraph – the part manipulators work the hardest on.

“[N]ext month’s U.S. midterm race could affect Obama’s ability to coax concessions from Israel.” – As if Israel is obstructing the peace process – only in AP’s warped mind.

“[T]he US has failed to persuade Israel to extend the settlement-building slowdown.” – But it were Palestinian leaders who set new preconditions & bolted the talks. Truth doesn’t matter.

“That caused Palestinians to in effect suspend the U.S.-brokered peace talks.” – That is not suspending – they were not in charge of the negotiations – just one partner to the talks, so they can’t decide unilaterally to stop the talks. Rather, they sabotaged the talks and left.

So next, AP talks about “Israel’s rejection” because that’s what it wants us to believe.

“[T]here is a foreboding sense in Israel that punishment is on the way” – One of the most ridiculous clauses we ever saw. This must convey that Israel is guilty? Who else?

So far, we saw time and again that AP quotes “specialist” to voice its own bias. But now we see another way of using a source that we didn’t notice before. Nahum Barnea IS a leading, well-respected journalist. AP is quoting him to make itself look respectable. Revolting.

He coined the “Lynch test,” a consistency test of journalists covering the Israeli-Arab conflict. Journalists who fail to criticize Arab terrorism fail the lynch test – i.e.: all of AP.

The quote’s not in Friday’s paper, or any English paper. Maybe Amy took it from a Hebrew text & provided her own translation. Anything is possible with AP, except reliability.

The quote, of course, trashes Netanyahu. His side doesn’t get a say about it. Surprised?

AP now voices its concern that the US “president might be too busy or weakened to pressure Jerusalem much” because that is what needs to happen. This is the harping trick.

Now an anonymous “Netanyahu adviser” is “quoted” implying that Israel needs friends in Congress to stop any policy that is less favorable to it. Israel seeks unfairness.

AP depicts the US as “bastions of support for Israel” leaving unexplained why Israel is non-stop forced to provide concessions and criticized, and why Johnathan Pollard is still jailed.

Obama’s courageous Cairo speech gets noted, but left out is that the Palestinian leaders went even more brazen when Israel was egged on, what taught Obama that only pressure on Abbas will bring peace talks. That won’t be in any AP report ever. The Truth – AP hates it.

Shalom,

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Israel critical over Mideast synod conclusions

Dear Editor,

Well done! The first truly excellent AP Mideast report in months lived only hours.

Meant to cover up its scandalous predecessor, Vatican meeting demands Israel end occupation, that you circulated for one & a half day, excellent Pope: Mideast peace is possible, urgently needed itself has now been replaced by a lengthy article that dumps everything supportive that the Pope had said on Israel & critical of Muslims towards the end of the new report, only after hours of being in the headlines and clear sight.

“Israel critical over Mideast synod conclusions” constructs tensions between the Vatican and Israel instead, harping on the same old AP mantra that everyone is against Israel and that only brazenness keeps this tiny state alive. It’s amazing that this piece is written by the same people who wrote the excellent previous report. AP is irredeemable, if you ask us.

Shalom,

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Israel tells Palestinians talks only option

Dear Editor,

Amy Teibel, who has given us so generously report after report on all supposed ills in developments in Israeli society, has finally been promoted to use her skills at distorting Israel’s existential and security needs, and she does an equally great job in “Israel tells Palestinians talks only option.”

She knows that it is of the greatest essence to manipulate the readers’ brains right at the start of the “report” and she doesn’t let us down.

In the very first paragraph she “summarizes” Israel’s position as against a Palestinian state “without Israeli agreement,” as if we are control freaks that need to tell them what to do. Of course she will not address Israel’s security needs and the ongoing incitement and attempts at Palestinian violence. Brilliant.

Second paragraph same quality. “Talks have stalled, following Israel’s decision to resume full-fledged settlement building in the West Bank.” From Amy we shall not hear that the Palestinian leadership bolted the talks by raising fresh preconditions.

Third paragraph starts no less convoluted. “As the stalemate drags on….” hides that there are people (Palestinians, who else?) who refuse, not a god-given, hopeless “stalemate.”

Now she’s really on a roll. “territories the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Mideast war.” No mention that that was the Six Day War, meant to drive all Israelis into the sea. Israel was – again – on the defense. The territory “captured” was rather recaptured on the Arab armies that stole it during Israel’s War of Independence – again a war Israel didn’t seek but fought for its inhabitants’ survival.

By now 99.99% of all readers have switched to other news items, so it’s safe to introduce the Israeli point of view. She makes sure, though, that she doesn’t quote anything of substance, no real arguments.

Now it’s time to quote one of the greatest liars in the region, and he gets to say it all. Amy would never expose his rhetorical tricks – why would that be her job?

Because the irrelevance of these later paragraphs, we will now stop reviewing this piece, & jump, like a lot of readers, to the last paragraphs to see if the hold anything worthwhile.

Yes, she doesn’t disappoint! She sums up the “core issues” & they are…. only Palestinian.

Amy, let no one stop you anymore to continue to write about the peace process. You are nothing less than all the other liars and manipulators at AP. Let no one tell you otherwise!

Shalom,

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Pa. prof’s anti-Israel remarks concern lawmakers

Dear Editor,

Again, one person calls for the destruction of Israel and AP is right there to spread the rosy vision of the future, in “Pa. prof’s anti-Israel remarks concern lawmakers.”

The bigot is quoted without any counter statement. This way AP becomes accessory to spreading anti-Semitism, but that has never worried the “news agency”.

He’s quoted saying “I am against Israel – not against Jews.” You can only quote that if you point out how untrue and ridiculous that is by comparing it with something similar: “I am against feminism – not against women,” or: “I am against playgrounds – not against children,” or: “I am against accessibility – not against people in wheelchairs.”

Shalom,

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Pope: Mideast peace is possible, urgently needed

Dear Editor,

There is NOTHING WRONG with the text of your “Pope: Mideast peace is possible, urgently needed.” So, has AP repented? Not at all. It is using this in every way excellent text as a fig leaf to hide the previous, vicious “Vatican meeting demands Israel end occupation.”

You removed the latter from your achieves, but meanwhile it was on your site for a day and a half and thousands of outlets have taken it up to spread AP slander on Israel around the world again.

The only difference with the biblical fig leafs is that Adam and Eve used them because they felt ashamed. We feel confident that that won’t happen at AP.

Shalom,

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