Ha’aretz writer wins HonestReporting’s 'Dishonest Reporter of the Year'

Marking the first time that the award winner has been a member of the Israeli rather than the international media, Gideon Levy of Haaretz has been named the 2012 Dishonest Reporter of the Year

by Simon Plosker on 20 December 2012 12:19

As the calendar year draws to a close, it’s that time again to look back on some of the most biased and skewed coverage of Israel in 2012.

The Dishonest Reporting Awards have been an annual fixture presented by HonestReporting for a decade now, and this year’s winner is worthy of being added to our hall of shame.

Marking the first time that the award winner has been a member of the Israeli rather than the international media, Gideon Levy of Haaretz has been named the 2012 Dishonest Reporter of the Year for misrepresenting an Israeli opinion poll to conclude that the Israeli public supports apartheid. 

Levy's dishonest reporting reached well beyond Israel's borders, making headlines across the world. Levy is entitled to his opinion, and his columns and international lectures have long promoted a hostile vision of Israel that aligns with those who promote boycotts and sanctions against Israel.

But when he does the same in the news sections of his newspapers, that's well beyond the line of journalistic integrity.

Even after Levy was called out and Haaretz was forced to issue a half-hearted clarification and headline amendment, Levy was still publicly claiming his own version of the truth while Haaretz pointedly failed to sanction him.

Thanks to its English edition and its website, Haaretz has emerged as one of the most influential newspapers covering Israel. So much of the negative coverage of Israel appearing around the world starts out in Haaretz and ends in the pages of The Guardian, New York Times and others.

Other winners this year include Bob Simon of CBS’s 60 Minutes for skewing the issue of Christian flight from the Palestinian territories; Reuters columnist and editor Anthony De Rosa for his ignorant tweet about the fighting in Gaza; and Irish broadcaster Vincent Browne for failing to recognize that calling Israel a cancer does not qualify as legitimate criticism.   

You can read about all of our winners here.

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