Watchdog Group: Campus Newspapers Have an Obsession ‘With Israel,’ Publish ‘Extremely Biased’ Content
“The findings come as universities are experiencing a spike in anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activism and reflect a growing climate of hostility against Jewish students and campus groups.”
The hatred of Israel in American higher education is like a cancer. This has been going on for years and it really hasn’t gotten any better.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
College Newspapers Are ‘Obsessed With Israel’ and Produce ‘Extremely Biased’ Coverage, Watchdog Says
U.S. campus newspapers are “obsessed with Israel,” publishing nearly 1,500 articles about the country since 2017—and much of the coverage is “extremely biased” against the Jewish state, according to a study by a college watchdog group.
Over the past five years, campus newspapers across the United States published at least 1,450 articles about Israel, and a plurality of the stories were slanted against Israel, according to the Alums for Campus Fairness study, which was shared with the Washington Free Beacon.
Over one-third of the articles “present[ed] the Jewish state in a negative way,” while 17 percent “provided a positive view of the country.”
The findings come as universities are experiencing a spike in anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activism and reflect a growing climate of hostility against Jewish students and campus groups.
Examples of bias included reports on the Israel-Palestinian conflict that excluded perspectives from Jewish students or omitted key details, such as the fact that Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip over 15 years ago, according to the report.
“Campus newspapers must include Jewish student and alumni voices when covering topics involving the Jewish community,” said Avi D. Gordon, executive director of Alums for Campus Fairness. “A great deal of bias results from the exclusion of Jewish voices and Jewish perspectives.”
Gordon said Jewish students and alumni should also be more proactive and “reach out to student reporters to build relationships and offer themselves up as sources.”
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