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CBC Issues On-Air Correction After Falsely Claiming Israelis Vandalized Obama Posters in Jerusalem

by Mike Fegelman

In a recent HonestReporting Canada action alert, we exposed CBC for its falsely reporting on March 20 that Israelis had vandalized posters of U.S. President Barack Obama in Jerusalem. In actuality, these posters were defaced with graffiti by Palestinians in Ramallah in the West Bank.

On top of filing a formal complaint with CBC Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire, we asked our members to echo our call that corrective action must be undertaken by the CBC to remedy the bold falsehood it created. Thanks to HRC’s members who answered our call to action in droves, CBC issued the following on-air correction throughout the day on March 25:

Anchor Heather Hiscox: “Last week on our program we showed video of defaced posters of U.S. President Barack Obama and we told you those images were in Jerusalem. We made an error in saying that. The video in fact was from Ramallah. We regret that error.”

On March 27, CBC News Network Executive Director Todd Spencer offered the following explanation to HRC members who sent complaints:

“Just after 6 a.m. that morning in a story about U. S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, we incorrectly identified video of defaced posters of the U.S. President as being in Jerusalem. We should have said they were in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

It was an inadvertent error. Video of the defaced posters had been included—and correctly identified—in a report broadcast the previous evening (March 19) on editions of CBC Television’s THE NATIONAL. Early the next morning, CBC NEWS NOW editors reused some of that video, including images of the defaced posters, along with a clip of a Palestinian woman in Ramallah and two Israeli men in Jerusalem offering their views on the President’s visit. In the process of re-editing the video, we inadvertently misidentified the location of the images of the posters. We regret the error…”

HonestReporting Canada thanks and congratulates its members for holding the CBC to account. We also commend the CBC for commissioning this on-air correction.



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Anonymous March 28, 2013 - 7:40 pm

I don’t remember a situation where CBC reported a negative activity that took place in Gaza or the West Bank, when in actuality, it took place in Israel. Perhaps there is a ‘certain’ type of consistency in CBC reporting.

Anonymous March 29, 2013 - 12:39 am

Yes, the CBC’s “errors” always make Israel look bad. Which is why it is obvious that they aren’t errors at all.

Anonymous March 28, 2013 - 7:41 pm

It’s no error – the CBC has a clear history of anti-Israel bias. They just got busted for lying and had to “apologize”, that’s all, and its propagandistic policies will not change.

Gary Loftus March 28, 2013 - 7:42 pm

The CBC and the Toronto Star are always lying , so you cannot believe anything they report.

I have found the best remedy for these lies . We do not listen to the CBC and would never read the Toronto Star.!

Gary Loftus March 28, 2013 - 7:58 pm

We never watch the cbc and that is because they lie so much, you never know what is truth or lies,

or they spin it for their own motives because they hate Israel and they love those terrorists in Judea and Samaria

Canadian March 28, 2013 - 9:01 pm

This is not an inadvertant error. The CBC doesn’t regret anything. They were just caught lying. They don ‘t actually state that the posters were defaced by Palestinians, only that the posters were in Ramallah. The on air correction is typical CBC spin. Honest Reporting should not be commending the CBC for this little insignificant token.

Andy Halmay March 29, 2013 - 1:56 am

There seems to be a consistent anti-Semitic pattern in CBC new. Perhaps it is time to identify the individuals behind this and also take this matter to the CRTC and the Human Rights Council.

Georg Witt March 29, 2013 - 3:54 pm

This is the key question: identifying and exposing those responsible for CBC-s clearly single-sided policicy. It is a negative surprise to note that CBC – a news agency whose duty is to spred correct information is caught time after time to serve false or distorted news for which they have tu publicly apologize. Reminds of the admiration of Voelkischer Beobachter of those times … Canada deserves something better

Anonymous March 29, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Only in Ramallah, you say? A pity.

Anonymous March 29, 2013 - 3:06 pm

The real question is why there are enormous posters of Obama everywhere. That would be a news story.

Chemist March 29, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Only one inadvertent error here – the CBC. The bastard media child of
Socialism had to be put to death by taxpayers years ago and not allowed
to suck money from public purse while doing anti-Israeli shticks again
and again. Socialism + Islamofascism = recipe for Modern

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