Monday, July 11, 2005

"Inaccurate and Biased"

This should be the new slogan of the Associated Press. Two days ago the AP reported on an address given by Tony Blair on BBC radio:
"I think this type of terrorism has very deep roots," Blair said. "As well as dealing with the consequences of this – trying to protect ourselves as much as any civil society can – you have to try to pull it up by its roots. That meant boosting understanding between people of difference religions, helping people in the Middle East see a path to democracy and easing the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, he said.
However, Mr. Blair never mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After receiving complaints, the AP issued a correction:
In a July 9 story about Prime Minister
Tony Blair's comments on overcoming global terrorism, The Associated Press erroneously reported that he spoke of easing the conflict between
Israel and the Palestinians. Blair did not specifically mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.
At the very least, the Associated Press is guilty of sloppy reporting. There is no excuse for such inaccuracy, or for editorializing in a news story. These stories go around the world, and can have far-reaching effects. The AP has misrepresented British policy, and displayed blatant anti-Israel bias. They should be ashamed.