JPost: How to get a story wrong

Posted: July 10, 2011 by Rex Brynen in conspiracies, factcheck, UNRWA

The Jerusalem Post has belatedly reported on The Great UNRWA Logo Conspiracy, and in so doing provides a textbook case of how to report a story badly.

The article, entitled “UNRWA changes spark fear refugees will be abandoned,” starts by noting that UNRWA has officially changed its name:

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees has officially changed its logo and name, omitting the words “relief” and “works.”

The whole point of the incident, however, is that UNRWA has modified its logo but has not officially changed its name, something that is amply clear from its official statements. The Jerusalem Post thus manages to get the story completely wrong on its most critical element. They’ve done so, moreover, despite correct reporting of the issue by the Ma’an News Agency

Just to be clear: no, UNRWA hasn’t changed its name. Really.

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