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COMBAT BIAS IN THE MEDIA

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The media has a profound impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Over the years, media outlets have become more involved in imparting their opinions on the political situation, sometimes reporting biased and unfair accounts of Israel. 

"The Western press has become less an observer of this conflict than an actor in it, a role with consequences for the millions of people trying to comprehend current events, including policymakers who depend on journalistic accounts to understand a region where they consistently seek, and fail, to productively intervene." Matti Friedman, The Atlantic (Nov 30, 2014)

As you read newspapers, online media, watch TV news or listen to the radio and hear stories about Israel, there are several things you can do to counter unfair, biasedreporting.

Know the facts: Educate yourself on the the topics, history and narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Visit the IAC's Israel Resources Page to find news sources and think tanks that report on the issues.                              
Be aware of ways that the media can be biased:
  • Using the camera as a weapon - (pictures shape media storylines, camera angles can distort the truth)
  • Influential factors on Israel's image - (anti-semitism, human rights, Israel's presence in the territories)
  • Context distortion - (withholding facts, using pre-established story lines)
 Take action: When you read, see, or hear biased reporting, call or write to the media outlet.

Select the following link to download the JCRC's guidelines on writing letters to the editor (applies to online news sources and broadcast media as well), talking back to talk radio, and social media.