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May 21, 2013

1/4 Star NBC Correction on West Bank 5 Star Hotels

Earlier this month, we called on NBC to correct an online article May 6 which falsely alleged that there is just one luxury hotel in the West Bank. In fact, as noted by Travel Palestine, which bills itself as "Palestine's Official Tourism Website":

International brands are on the rise with top brands like 5 star Intercontinatal (Jericho & Bethlehem Jacir Palalce) [sic] and Mövenpick Hotel Ramallah.

In addition to the three luxury hotels noted by Travel Palestine, we also pointed out the five-star Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah.

Now, NBC claims to have corrected the error, but the "correction" is not even third-rate. Here's a screen shot of the article as it now appears:

nbc so called correction luxury hotels.jpg

Despite the editor's note at the top of the article stating "This story includes a correction," in fact, the article is uncorrected. The first sentence erroneously referring to the "ballroom in the occupied West Bank’s only luxury hotel" remains completely unchanged. The editor's note, however, is hyperlinked to a separate Corrections and Clarifications page, which contains the not-so-informative, vague correction about West Bank hotels (the second correction below): corrections figures.jpg

While the corrections above and below the West Bank hotels "correction" precisely identify the erroneous and corrects figures for garment workers' wages and for Mount Everest's height, the hotels correction gives neither the erroneous nor the correct figure.

If NBC were to seriously do its work, and to provide a consistent standard of correction, it would post the following:

A story published on May 6 misstated the number of luxury hotels in the occupied West Bank as just one. The correct figure is four five-star hotels.

And, of course, it would actually correct the article itself.

Posted by TS at May 21, 2013 05:20 AM


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