Kosher Journalism? CNN Gets Its News from Pro-Israeli Site
Posted: 5 Jamad-ul-Awwal 1423, 16 July 2002
PMWATCH - July 16, 2002 - If you were wondering how CNN was able to quickly
set up an extensive web site that listed every single Israeli victim only a few
days after the Ted Turner controversy broke out on June 18, wonder no more. (Web
site was established 6 days later, on June 24.)
CNN appears to have obtained not only the photos but also much of the actual
text (sometimes used practically verbatim) from the heavily pro-Israeli site
"The Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund"
http://www.walk4israel.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Home -- and is passing it
for material produced by CNN.
Here is CNN's compilation:
And here is the pro-Israeli site's compilation:
Compare and contrast, especially the text (the photos are identical), and it
will be clear that CNN by and large engaged in a cut, paste, and shuffle
operation and is now trying to make that look like material generated by CNN.
Nowhere in the site could we find a disclosure that pointed to the original
The finding also seems to contradict CNN's July 12, 2002 statement, in which
CNN said: "CNN's reporting two weeks ago was conceived and produced after two
terror attacks killed 26 Israelis and injured many more." Indeed, "The Israel
Emergency Solidarity Fund", as described in their mission statement, was
established in November 2000, and the web memorial on their site appears to have
long predated the CNN mirror memorial. (No reference to the CNN web memorial
could be found on the pro-Israeli web site.)
Besides being journalistically un-professional, this action is in clear and
direct violation of one of the basic tenets of the The Radio-Television News
Directors Association (RTNDA) Code of Ethics, which reads in part: "...
Professional electronic journalists should... Clearly disclose the origin of
information and label all material provided by outsiders."
For a multi-national, multi-billion dollar, mega organization whose very
business is to gather information, this is a new low.
Here is what you can do:
(1) Call the RTNDA at: 202) 659-6510 / Fax: (202) 223-4007
(2) Call CNN at: (404) 827 - 2030
(3) Drop both the RTNDA and CNN a line by entering your letter and pressing
the send button below.