Mar. 15, 2015
Recently, Richard Behar and Gary Weiss wrote a masterly destruction of an AP investigation showing how many mistakes and violations of journalistic ethics could be found in an article.
“The New York-based news agency examined 247 airstrikes on homes—interviewing witnesses, visiting attack sites and compiling a detailed casualty count. Its probe determined that out of 844 dead from those strikes, 508 (or just over 60 percent) were children, women and older men, ‘all presumed to be civilians.'”
The organization that decided to do this type of analysis originally is B’Tselem, which even during the war started compiling lists of houses that had been hit by Israel and their casualties.
There is an additional problem with all of these “investigations” – they consciously exclude airstrikes on homes that the NGOs know were being used to shield fighters.