Fears remain in Mich. after stabbing spree arrest

Dear Editor,

Bias is such a tricky thing. By now the whole world knows that a suspected serial killer was arrested when he was about to fly to his native Israel. Prejudice will say: “Is he a Jew or a Muslim? (I always knew that you can’t trust them.)” Bias in reporting is:

1. You write that he’s a Jew but you fail to point out what an exception he is and that Jews and Blacks in the US have become much closer in the past decades.
2. You write that he’s a Muslim/Arab but you fail to point out what an exception he is and include prominent Israeli Jews saying so.
3. You write nothing about him being Jew or a Muslim and most people will assume he is either, further strengthening the hateful stereotypes that are around.

In “Fears remain in Mich. after stabbing spree arrest” you chose option 3. His mother describes him as “a religious, God-fearing man.” But before you published this report it’s already well published in Israel that he’s a Christian from Ramle – no Muslim, no Jew.

You see – already when you don’t go against known bias, your reporting is biased.

We could call it “passive bias.” You can quote us on this.

Please correct in subsequent reporting.

Shalom,

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