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The English Judge, Sir Brian Henry Leveson, who served as the chair to the public inquiry of ethical practices by the press, published his executive summary in November 2012. In reference to the News of the World phone hacking scandal of 2011, he wrote:
"..when the story is just too big and the public appetite too great, there has been significant and reckless disregard for accuracy. Similarly, as evidenced from a range of stories in different titles, it is clear that misrepresentation and embellishment takes place to a degree far greater than could ever be thought of as legitimate or fair comment".
In media reports about Israel, misrepresentation and embellishment of facts is egregiously evident. This is most recently seen in regards to the announcement by the Israeli government of its intention to build 3,000 housing units in the area adjacent to Jerusalem known as E1 (East 1). This article neither defends nor opposes the announcement, but serves to examine the facts absent in a sensationalist media arena.
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