CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Mid East Reporting in America) hosted Wall Street columnist Bret Stephens at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta to lecture about the outcome of the war in Gaza.
Just the fact that a group like CAMERA exists tells you there is a problem with media fairness covering the Middle East. A visit to their website (see my recommended list) will list endless stories about media falsehoods, misrepresentations, and misleading omissions.
One irritatingly long winded audience member did finally complete a significant question; “What can we learn from the African American Community about getting respect from the media?”
In a land where a racist comment can end careers, grossly offensive anti-Semitic remarks from leading journalists and publications go unanswered.
Rush Limbaugh was fired from a sports show for commenting that a quarterback only got his position from affirmative action. Don Imus was fired for referring to a girl’s basket ball team as ‘nappy headed ho’s”. Trent Lott was forced to resign as Senate Republican Leader for his comment at Strom Thurmond 100th birthday;”When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over the years, either.” His comment was read as a racist reference, when it certainly was less that explicit.
Yet Bill Moyers said that Israel’s violence is a result of “genetic encoding”, and that the Israelis waged war on the entire Palestinian people when in fact Israel has taken extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties while Hamas intentionally targets civilians and puts their own civilians at unnecessary risks.
If the same standard that was applied to Rush Limbaugh, Don Imus, and Trent Lott was applied to Bill Moyers then he should be fired.
We are waiting.