Fairness & Accuracy

Mideast Report: October - December, 2011

Independent journalist John Felton conducts quarterly reviews of NPR's Israeli-Palestinian coverage. His 2011 fourth quarter report is now available online.

Felton reviewed 43 on-air segments and 28 website posts carried exclusively on NPR.org from October to December in 2011. Felton analyzed the coverage for accuracy, variety of voices, fairness, and balance. He also reviewed coverage of the International Atomic Energy Agency's report on Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange that occurred in October.

As Felton notes in his report, NPR carried 232 items related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2011. Earlier reports from 2011 and quarterly reviews going back to 2008 are available online.

John Felton prepares the quarterly evaluations. He has covered international affairs and U.S. foreign policy for more than 30 years. His most recent book, The Contemporary Middle East: A Documentary History, was published by CQ Press in 2007. A former foreign affairs reporter for Congressional Quarterly and foreign editor at NPR, he has been a freelance writer and editor since 1995.

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