On Dec. 17th, we tweeted the following in response to an article in The Independent concerning Donald Trump’s nomination of David Friedman to be the new US Ambassador to Israel.
— UK Media Watch (@UKMediaWatch) December 18, 2016
As we noted in our Tweet, you have to read several paragraphs down to see that the “declaration of war” comment was made by the Imam of the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The headline – at least the way the text and punctuation is arranged – almost made it seem as if Friedman himself made the comments.
Though The Independent’s response to our email over the headline was delayed due to the holidays, they recently informed us that they upheld our complaint, and revised the headline thusly:
In December, we also complained to The Independent over the following headline accompanying this article about a dress code in the Israeli Knesset.
— UK Media Watch (@UKMediaWatch) December 4, 2016
However, as the text in the article eventually makes clear, the ban applies only to mini skirts worn in the Knesset. An average reader would see the headline and likely believe that the ban applies to wearing mini skirts anywhere in the country.
The Independent upheld this complaint as well, and revised it thusly:
- Compromised BBC Backgrounder Surfaces Again (BBC Watch)