Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

CAMERA Targets New York Times to Expose Anti-Israel "Bias"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

CAMERA Targets New York Times to Expose Anti-Israel "Bias"

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CAMERA Targets New York Times to Expose Anti-Israel "Bias"

CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), a hardline pro-Israel media monitor, has unveiled a new crusade that will certainly startle two of the most consistent apologists for Israel in the American media, syndicated columnists William Satire and A.M. Rosenthal of The New York Times.

CAMERA is soliciting $160,000 in public funding to conduct "a multi-faceted campaign to expose the bias and promote more complete and accurate reporting" in The New York Times, a daily newspaper regarded by most U.S. journalists as one of the nation's most consistent defenders of Israel.

Proposing to produce a series of monographs dealing with New York Times coverage of Israel, CAMERA also would "convene a symposium on the subject and undertake a public information effort to include placing ads in other newspapers and magazines about the problems of The New York Times."

Specifics were lacking in the CAMERA announcement, but the organization tucked the proposal into its 1995 Highlights Report that included four pages listing financial supporters, including 14 individuals and two foundations that gave more than $10,000 each.

In all, CAMERA is soliciting $335,000 in additional funding this year, $125,000 of it for research and publications and $50,000 for a campus project. Total spending in 1995 was reportedly over half a million dollars. But, CAMERA drily notes, "where other nonprofits seem to have trouble raising funds, we raise more each year. …

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