Anti-Semitic Bias in the Media

In the long-running argument over anti-Semitic bias in Western media, a group called ‘Save The West’ have published a documentary analysing The Huffington Post’s coverage of the recent wave of attacks on Israelis.

They chose The Huffington Post because of its claim to have over 130 million viewers every month, across 15 international editions, which makes it a news website with enormous influence. And just 7 days after publishing their documentary, Save The West discovered that The Huffington Post had removed the search facility from its own website.

What was it that prompted The Huffington Post to take such action? The documentary is titled: ‘The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada, and can be viewed on YouTube. It is over 44 minutes long, but the first 7 minutes provide an overview.

The Huffington Post is far from being the only media outlet accused of such anti-Semitic bias. CBS and The Guardian have also come in for specific mention in a recent article by Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak. The question the authors seek to answer is, “What should be done about it?”

Time magazine is another publication that has been criticised. On 15th October 2015 they published an article titled: 'The Desperation Driving Young Palestinians to Violence' in which they described 'a graphic designer from the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood Jabel Mukaber, [who] was killed by Israeli security forces after allegedly trying to carry out an attack in Jerusalem'. What they failed to note was that the terrorist attack he had taken part in resulted in the deaths of 3 people. Despite repeated requests from the Israeli Government Press Office, the magazine has refused to change its article.