43,000 sign petition calling for fair coverage of Gaza conflict

Pro-Israel media watchdog organization HonestReporting on Monday delivered a petition to leading media outlets demanding "fair coverage of the Gaza conflict in the mainstream press." The petition, which was signed by more than 43,000 people, urged media outlets such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, CNN and the BBC, not to "rely on information from Hamas - a terrorist organization - as a source of news." "I demand that the use of images and headlines that misrepresent current events to the detriment of the State of Israel be stopped immediately," the petition went on. In a statement released Monday, the organization's CEO Joe Hyams charged reporters with the responsibility for "this monstrous myth that Israel wants to harm the children of Gaza," stressing that Israel was "the first to stand up against pure evil."