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Pro-Israel Group Lobbies the Media Through HonestReporting.com

"Why would the Guardian provide moral and medical justification for the multiple murder of innocent Israeli civilians?" That's the question that appeared in hundreds of emails to the Guardian of London, accusing it of bias in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After some sleuthing, Guardian reporters discovered that the correspondence was generated by HonestReporting.com, a website established by Aish HaTora, an international group promoting orthodox Judaism.

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A Dark Tale from TV Land

"Most people would probably agree that TV news anchors and reporters should have a strong determination to search for and report the truth no matter what the economic consequences to their station or network might be," writes former TV meteorologist Chris Shumway. "I bet they would also agree that it is a journalist's duty to expose and challenge bias or censorship within the news media.

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Prime-Time Propagandist

While ABC News has been looking the other way, correspondent John Stossel has been transformed from a right-leaning bomb-thrower of prime-time news into a full-fledged propagandist in the classroom. The transformation was fostered by an affiliation among ABC News, Stossel and the conservative Palmer R. Chitester Fund, which sells educational materials based on Stossel's ABC reporting. The arrangement touches on the fundamental ethical question of whether or not journalists and the news organizations they work for should align themselves with ideologically driven organizations.

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Is the News Fit to Print?

Fewer than half of adult Americans believe the media offers fair, balanced coverage of the news, according to a 1997 survey performed by the Newspaper Association of America and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. The survey sought to compare attitudes among different ethnic groups but found that all ethnic groups are dissatisfied with the quality of current journalism. Overall, only 47.3 percent of Americans feel that newspapers are fair.

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