According to a recent report by the Times of Israel, Time magazine issued a correction shortly after publishing a video on its website containing damaging rumors about members of the Israel Defense Forces.
The video in question, called ‘The IDF: A look inside Israel’s powerful military,’ included assertions initially found in a Swedish newspaper several years ago. Time apparently seized on the allegation that the IDF harvested the organs of detainees during the Jewish nation’s ongoing war with surrounding Palestinians.
Citing the lone 2009 report, the video claimed to expose “some Israeli troops of selling organs of Palestinians who died in their custody.”
Once-great Time magazine further discredits itself, says Israeli army “exposed” for selling dead prisoners’ organs: http://t.co/bydJNFuNJ9
— Starz and Strypz (@StarzandStrypz) August 24, 2014
Alhough Time presented the allegation as having originated from a reliable source, the Times cites a summary by Honest Reporting that indicates the initial author made no attempt to back up the claim.
“The reference is to a completely made up tabloid-style article in an obscure Swedish paper that even the author admitted was not based on any evidence,” the site concluded.
Including a direct quote, Honest Reporting revealed that the author had “no idea” and “no clue” whether the accusation was true.
Nevertheless, the site noted that the story spread throughout media sources worldwide, ultimately landing in the recent Time video.
Prior to the most recent controversy surrounding the claim, Honest Reporting called the dissemination of this claim “a textbook case study of how what starts as an article published in a language read by few from a country of limited international influence can turn into a poison that spreads much wider.”
Time reportedly included the following statement to accompany the video: “Correction: The original version of this video cited a contested allegation in a 2009 Swedish newspaper report as fact. The allegation has been removed from the video.”
As of this writing, the correction is not displayed in an article below the video in question.
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