As we noted in two posts yesterday, Times of London editors chose a headline for a Nov. 24th article by Gregg Carlstrom which mischaracterized a proposed bill designed to enshrine Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people” as one which would make Arabs “second class citizens”.
The article with the erroneous headline – based merely on a characterization of the proposed bill by some critics – appeared in the print and online editions of the paper.
It was also the featured story on the Times of London home page last night.
Today, Times of London again misled readers by using a similar headline conflating opinion with fact, in a new article by Catherine Philp.
Further, under the “Latest News” tab on today’s home page of their site, they again use the erroneous headline.
As we noted previously, under two versions of the bill Netanyahu’s cabinet voted to approve on Sunday, the law – which would need to be approved by the full Knesset – would establish “national rights” for the Jewish people (such as the right of Jews to immigrate to Israel), while maintaining “equal individual rights for all citizens” regardless of religion.
(It’s notable that the Guardian was much more careful in editing Peter Beaumont’s article on the proposed bill, using the accurate headline: ‘Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people’.)
The Times of London headline appears to be a violation of the accuracy clause of the (UK) Editor’s Code, which demands that the press “must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact”, and we’ll update you when their editors respond to our complaint.
- Times of London moves false ‘2nd class Arab citizen’ headline to lead story (cifwatch.com)
- Times of London claims (as fact) Israeli bill will ‘make Arabs second-class citizens’ (cifwatch.com)
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