AP’s Weak Push Back Against Former Reporter’s Criticism

The Associated Press is firing back at a former reporter who claims the global news agency helps set a narrative for “the Israel story” that underplays or ignores Palestinian incitement and violence while trumpeting criticism of Israel.

In a statement, AP rejected the allegations Matti Friedman made in a Nov. 30 article published by The Atlantic. “There’s no ‘narrative’ that says it is Israel that doesn’t want peace; the story of this century-long conflict is more complicated than that,” wrote media relations director Paul Colford.

The rapid response indicates that Friedman landed some punches. But Colford’s statement doesn’t hold up under scrutiny, Lori Lowenthal Marcus writes in The Jewish Press. For starters, it pits the claims of a reporter who was there against an AP flack who was not.