(July 4, 2018 / CAMERA) Following communication from many CAMERA members, on Tuesday The New Yorker removed the false claim, which had originally appeared twice in the article, that there are no MRI machines in the Gaza Strip. The amended text now states: “Her options in Gaza are dismal: its public hospitals provide very limited and sporadic access to functional MRI and mammogram machines … ”
Editors also appended the following correction to the bottom of the article: “A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that there are no MRI machines in Gaza.”
July 3: “Fighting fake news with real news” is the yet unfulfilled promise in a New Yorker advertising banner which at times pops up over the digital version of an article that contains, well, fake news. The June 28 article (“Many Gazan Women Are No Longer Able to Enter Israel For Cancer Treatment“) includes the blatantly false claim that there are no MRI machines in the Gaza Strip, either in public hospitals or at all. Journalist Ruth Margalit quotes Dena Mekhael, identified as a cancer patient from Gaza, without challenge or correction, who stated: “In Gaza, there are no more MRI machines … ”
In addition, further down, Margalit adds in her own voice that Mekhael’s “options in Gaza are dismal: its public hospitals have no MRI machines … .”
The full report at CAMERA here.