Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Honest Reporting has released their analysis of a year of CNN coverage of Israel: CNN: One Year Analysis. I think we know where this is heading:
...Last year, we named CNN senior correspondent Christiane Amanpour winner of our "2007 Dishonest Reporting" award for her series in which she drew parallels between Jewish and Islamic terrorists.
Against this background, we decided to see how CNN's Middle East reporting stood up as a whole. Since CNN.com bases more and more of its coverage on video, we decided to analyze CNN video reports available online. Over the last 12 months, after viewing video segments from CNN correspondents as well as raw video footage hosted by CNN on its website, we found several disturbing patterns.
CNN: November 1, 2007-October 31, 2008 - Summary of Findings:
- Sixty-seven minutes of the combined video segments were spent airing images sympathetic to the situation of the Palestinians. Only a total of 31 minutes and forty-five seconds illustrated the Israeli side.
- Almost twice as many people interviewed (56) were critical of Israeli polices as opposed to those who were critical of Palestinian actions or defended Israel (30).
- Twenty-one out of thirty-one cases (67%) in which CNN hosted raw footage on its website reflected negatively on Israel.