Dan Goldberg Introduces Gary Kenzer of Honest Reporting
Our thanks to the TSTI Rennaissance Group and the TSTI Israel Involvement Committee for co-sponsoring an afternoon with Gary Kenzer of Honest Reporting. It was a fascinating, troubling but empowering afternoon that left all of us with some specific steps we can take to help set the record straight. Honest Reporting’s mission is explained this way on their website.
Israel is in the midst of a battle for public opinion – waged primarily via the media. To ensure Israel is represented fairly and accurately “‘HonestReporting’” monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action.
HonestReporting monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change to ensure Israel is represented fairly and accurately. We also provide educational tools and resources to anyone wishing to advocate for Israel.
HonestReporting has prompted hundreds of apologies, retractions, and revisions from news outlets. These efforts are changing the face of the media and reporting of Israel throughout the world. Media outlets, correspondents, and editors know they are being held accountable for biased reporting.
HonestReporting was formed in 2000 by a small group of British college students looking to respond to unfair coverage against Israel in the wake of the second Intifada. In 2001, the project became a major organization in its own right as a US non-profit organization (501c3) with an Independent Board of Directors.
In February of 2006, HonestReporting was granted independent Charitable Organization status in Israel to complement its US status.
Why is the struggle for media fairness so important? The media sways public opinion, which directly affects foreign policy towards Israel and in turn the lives of her citizens. One person alone may not impact this struggle, but thousands united can!
Here’s just one example of the ways in which we can help educate on another and, in the process, ensure that the misrepresentations are set straight as often as possible.