On November 10, HonestReporting Canada liaised with senior editors at our public broadcaster calling on CBC Radio to broadcast an immediate on-air correction to remedy a significant error stated by reporter Nil Köksal in a report broadcast the day prior.
Reporting from Istanbul, Köksal erroneously stated the following: “… and an ominous response from the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying a Trump presidency would effectively end the idea of a Palestinian state, but as they welcomed the political upset, ripples of the Trump reality were felt elsewhere around the world.”
You can listen to this report at the following link.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu did not make this statement that this CBC reporter wrongly attributed to him and he still supports a two state solution in solving the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister, did. Importantly, Bennett’s views do not represent official Israeli government policy.
In light of this information, we asked CBC Radio broadcast an immediate on-air correction to set the record straight.
We are pleased to report that CBC immediately took responsibility for the error their reporter made and broadcast an on-air correction several times on November 10.
The correction stated the following which was orated by the CBC’s anchor: “And a correction to one of our reports on yesterday’s program. We reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said a Trump presidency would effectively end the idea of a Palestinian state. In fact, it was Israel’s Education Minister, Naftali Bennett who made the remark. We regret the error.”
You can listen to the on-air correction at the following link.
Regrettably though, the CBC failed to point out in their correction that Bennett’s views do not represent official Israeli government policy which is supportive of the creation of a Palestinian state in the hopes of a two-state solution to end the conflict.