Friday, June 11, 2010

Article: Summit castigates Israel

Date: June 9, 2010

This article was published by The Courant June 9, 2010. It consists of most of the first three paragraphs of a Reuters article which may be found at It reported on a meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia.

Omission. Misleading: It referred to all members of the Conference except for Israel condemning Israel's diversion of the "Free Gaza" flotilla, falsely implying the Conference itself condemned Israel. The Conference itself took no action, since it can act only by consensus.

Opinion. Omission. Half-Truth: The article also referred to "nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists" being killed, but omitted the fact that they were paid mercenaries, making the statement they were pro-Palestinian an opinion rather than statement of fact.

It did name three participants, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syria's Bashar Assad, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which at least enabled intelligent readers to infer the composition of the Conference was far from unbiased.


Factual Accuracy: 9
Bias-Free: 5
Pro-Israel: 0
Anti-Israel: 8

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