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Scott J. Wilson

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Archive Feb-June, 2006 Eye On The Post, Inc. [cached]

The Washington Post, through its reporter, Scott Wilson, distinguishes itself from many news organizations by fancifully elevating the agreement between Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas into an implicit recognition of Israel and a major policy shift for Hamas, while failing to report most of the statements by numerous members of Hamas's leadership denying that the agreement explicitly or implicitly says or was intended to say that Hamas recognizes Israel and affirming Hamas's goal to eliminate Israel.
Since Hamas took control of the Palestinian government Mr. Wilson has injected into his news reports his opinion opposing the international community's suspension of aid to Hamas. Today's pro-Hamas cheerleading by Mr. Wilson continues his agenda supporting the resumption of aid to the Hamas led Palestinian government. The following letter by Judge Grossman discusses Mr. Wilson's continued effort to mislead readers into believing that Hamas is being transformed into a peace seeking organization: In "Israeli Troops Move Into Gaza " (front page, June 28), Scott Wilson continues to promote the charade that a document proposed by terrorist leaders incarcerated in Israeli jails and now accepted by the Fatah and Hamas leaderships would "effectively endorse a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Why does Wilson assist in this transparent farce? Never one to hide his opinion in his reporting of the news, Post reporter (and would be sociologist) Scott Wilson thinks too much is being made of the daily Palestinian bombardment of the Israeli town of Sderot with Kassam rockets. Here's what he says: One would expect from these bold assertions by Mr. Wilson that he would make an effort to back up his thesis. When he describes "Sderot's social stresses," the reader can almost imagine that a sociologist is commenting. When Scott Wilson analyzes how immigration has caused Sderot to "[struggle] with language, cultural assimilation and a stumbling economy," we are sure we're about to see an expert surface in the article. When Scott Wilson says "unemployment and alcoholism run high here," we expect him to follow up with corroboration that will somehow tie these problems common to most cities to the daily bombardment of Sderot. The headline, by saying that "Israelis in City... Say Government Neglect is the Real Problem," leads the reader to expect a broad sampling of public opinion in Sderot indicating that the rocketing is not really the problem. We don't get it. Curious as to how many Israelis said this to Mr. Wilson? Only one, and she's not mentioned until the very end of the article. A beauty shop owner, who herself experienced a recent rocketing that left her sitting on the curb "'scream[ing] like a little girl.'" Mr. Wilson goes to great lengths to himself analyze problems he sees in Sderot - immigration, assimilation, language, a stumbling economy, unemployment, alcoholism. He does this because Mr. Wilson wants to believe and he wants his readers to believe that Palestinian rockets raining down on the city daily are not the " real problem. But Mr. Wilson's report is false. It's a shameful fabrication. It's propaganda. Post correspondent Scott Wilson did his best to bolster the Palestinian claim that Israeli artillery caused the deaths. He did this by his choice of language as well as by quoting one of those pro-Palestinian activists who call themselves "human rights activists," but who don't include Israelis among the humans with rights. Here is a sampling of Mr. Wilson's advocacy: After having thus made clear his opinion that Israeli artillery killed the Palestinians on the beach in Gaza, Mr. Wilson reported on the press conference announcing the results of the Israeli investigation - results that found Israeli artillery not to have been involved. An impartial journalist might have left it at that, but for Mr. Wilson it wasn't enough. He sought additional sources to rebut the Israeli findings, and, as always, found one in a so-called human rights activist. What followed was a full 7 paragraphs reporting on a one man ad hoc "investigation" conducted by someone who Mr. Wilson described as a military affairs specialist and "human rights investigator. Mr. Wilson concluded his article with those 7 paragraphs, no doubt hoping he had blunted the strength of the IDF investigators' findings. To readers who are not aware of Mr. Wilson's opinionated, pro-Palestinian reporting, his mission was probably accomplished. But the biggest error of this article is Mr. Wilson's reporting that the van was carrying "homemade missiles of the kind Islamic Jihad has been firing into southern Israel." What is extremely troubling is that this information was readily available well before Mr. Wilson's article went to press, and it continued to be available through the Post's correction of the numeric count of Palestinian deaths. Katyushas have a twenty kilometer range. They can reach Ashkelon and beyond and not just Sderot, as in the case of the Kassams, which Mr. Wilson erroneously claimed these rockets were. The Washington Post's Israel correspondent, Scott Wilson, continues to distort Hamas's goals in his news reports. Mr. Wilson continues to conceal that Hamas's self-proclaimed goal is to destroy Israel, that it has a history of violence against Israel and that it continues to advocate violence in the future to achieve its goals. We previously corresponded with Mr. Wilson about this misleading portrayal. In order to show how deceptive Mr. Wilson's description of the Hamas platform is, we have set forth below his description from his news report today, followed by a Reuters Report and an AP Report on the same subject, reports that actually appeared on the Post's web site but not in the print edition: Mr. Wilson's Report To Mr. Wilson and to the Washington Post this particular administrative quagmire is deliberate and it is oppression. We don't have enough factual information to directly accuse the reporter, Scott Wilson, of exaggerating or reporting false or distorted factual information about this little "village. The reason we don't have that information is because the reporter never bothered to check with or obtain and report an authoritative response from anyone on the Israeli side and appears to have done nothing to even review the records of the litigation that has taken place over the years that has not supported the villagers' claims. The most we get is the obligatory but vague comment of an Israeli official unfamiliar with the details of the case. But most intelligent readers (if not reporters) should know there are usually two sides to most stories, so the absence of any mention of the Israeli side of this story is the first warning that it lacks credibility. The second warning comes with the reporter's effort to conceal that his principal informant is a member of a terrorist organization. The third warning is Mr. Wilson's hyperbole and unnecessarily one sided and sympathetic portrayals of the Palestinians with whom he communes, complete with Molly Moore-like descriptions of their "almond eyes." Mr. Wilson then proceeds to shamelessly propagandize. The very first sentence of the article calls forth ridiculous images of Arab cave men when it purports to trace these particular villagers to a time when they were cave dwellers: "For generations, first in caves hollowed from hillsides, then shepherds' tents and simple stone houses, the Shawarwa and Darawi families thrived here...." In the second paragraph Mr. Wilson introduces his informant, Jamal Darawi, an unassuming villager who provides much of the information for the article. Mr. Wilson weaves positive images of Darawi into his article early, then goes out of his way to reinforce them, withholding negative information until later, when many readers will have already stopped reading. It isn't until the sixth paragraph that Mr. Wilson drops a hint of who Jamal Darawi is by noting (after first calling him a "farmer" and "father") that Jamal Darawi is a "political activist. In paragraph 15 Mr. Wilson sees fit to describe Darawi as "holding the hand of his 5-year-old daughter, Yara. And in the 21st paragraph Mr. Wilson finally sees fit to reveal to the reader that his trusty informant "joined the ranks of the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine, a radical nationalist movement with a Marxist orientation" and has served "four stints in Israeli prisons. Of course, Mr. Wilson conveniently forgets to add that the PFLP is a terrorist organization or even (to use the Post's favorite euphemism for "terrorist") a "militant" organization and has sponsored many bombings and shootings, including the assassination of the Israeli Minister for Tourism, Rehavam Zeevi, in 2001. Mr. Wilson uses terminology to describe Israel's conduct during the 1967 war as that of a conquering power, rather than that of a small nation fighting what was a defensive battle against all of the Arab nations in the region. And in describing the disputed territories, Mr. Wilson jettisons historical accuracy. Rather than note that the green line over which Israel advanced in 1967 was simply the armistice line for the cessation of fighting in 1948 and that the Arab countries, Jordan included, rejected the armistice line as a final border, Wilson labels the location of this enclave of Palestinians on the edge of Jerusalem as part of Jordan prior to 1967: But Scott Wilson's chosen terminology of a "separation barrier" and of keeping "Palestinians" out seeks to convey a different impression. Mr. Wilson employs terminology seeking to convey misleading images of extreme danger and even death posed by the so called "separation barrier" when he hyperbolically proclaims: More of Mr. Wilson's hyperbole: Consistent with the headline, Mr. Wilson seeds his article with images of impending doom: Although Kessler is based in Washington, this article conveys the same opinions we've seen injected into articles by the Post's Middle East correspondent, Scott Wilson. Friday's edition of the Post contained a front page feature article by its Middle East correspondent, Scott Wilson, about how Palestinians on the street are coping with the suspension of international aid to their Hamas-led government. ( Out of Money but Not Resources, With Aid Cut Off, Palestinians Turn to Each Other to Get By, May 12, 2006, p. A01) The crux of the article is that in the one West Bank village Mr. Wilson wrote about, they give and receive credit and help from family, friends and benefactors. The article is, for the most part, well written and interesting, but this reporter, as usual, found an opportunity to subtly inject his own opinion. He is opposed to the suspension of aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, a view he has injected into his reports over and over again since Hamas took power, so in this article he asserts, without adequate support, that the suspension of aid is not working and is causing an increase in support for Hamas. He says: "Hamas and the secular-nationalist Fatah party that lost power in January roughly divided the vote here. But there is a growing solidarity behind Hamas, which began running the Palestinian government ministries six weeks ago." If Mr. Wilson's statement could be shown to be true, it would be informative and important, but he makes no effort to support it other than to quote one ambivalent Palestinian taxi driver saying "'I just don't know whether to blame [Hamas] or not'" and "'it seems like they haven't been given a chance.'" This is just one more clear illustration of Scott Wilson's effort to influence his readership by injecting his own opinions. A reporter seeking a more balanced picture might well have privately asked some of the folks he talked to whether they think Hamas ought to try renouncing violence, agreeing to abide by the Palestinian Authority's past agreements and accepting Israel's right to exist. It is possible that by now at least some of the Palestinian populace may be thinking twice about having elected an extremist organization. Mr. Wilson, your readers are interested in what the answers to those questions would have been. Tuesday, May 9, 2006 On Eve of Quartet Meeting, Post Publishes Slanted Article Favoring Resumption of Funding of Hamas-Led Palestinian Authority - Conceals Hamas's Violent Past and Goal To Destroy Israel Scott Wilson, the Post's Middle East correspondent, today demonstrated once again the Washington Post's long time pattern of slanted reporting on all issues involving Israelis and Palestinians. ( Palestinian Says Ban Could Lead to Chaos, May 9, 2006, A19) Mr. Wilson, in his selective reporting and placement of some facts and complete omission of other facts, makes clear his disapproval of the Quartet's decision not to Fund the terrorist-led government. Of course, he doesn't call it a terrorist-led government. He fails to note Hamas's past history of murdering thousands of Israelis and fails to tell readers that it is Hamas's admitted goal to destroy Israel. The most we learn from Mr. Wilson is that Hamas "advocates the creation of a Palestinian state across territory that includes Israel. Under Mr. Wilson's pen, blowing up bus loads of men, women and children becomes an energetic form of advocacy. Contrary to the references in the headline and first two paragraphs to a "ban," "cut off" or "siege," it isn't until the 11th paragraph that Mr. Wilson tells his readers that the Quartet's failure to fund Hamas is not really a flat out refusal at all. And the delay in providing that important contextual information enabled Mr. Wilson to also delay until the 11th paragraph reporting that even as Mr. Haniyeh was interviewed for this article, he still refused to accede to this condition. Mr. Wilson, you have in the past shown an effort to be even handed in your reporting, but that effort has certainly not been shown here. The Post's correspondent in the disputed territories, Scott Wilson, has a tendency to carry this moral equivalency a step further. On a related subject, Mr. Wilson seems to have forgotten that many thousands of Israelis have been murdered by the dastardly terrorist acts of Hamas. Rather than remind readers of Hamas's past, he refers only to Hamas's unwillingness to recognize Israel, as if that were the defining characteristic of this terrorist organization. This is Mr. Wilson's description of Hamas: Perhaps Mr. Wilson needs to be reminded that Hamas is a terrorist organization that has killed thousands of Israelis, has publicly proclaimed its goal to be the destruction of Israel, and as recently as two weeks ago defended the Islamic Jihad terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv . While the Post not surprisingly failed to report it, just this weekend a Hamas conspiracy to assassinate the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, was uncovered and foiled by Israel. ( Israel Foils Plot to Kill Palestinian President, May 7, 2006) Mr. Wilson, Hamas is not simply a group that "does not recognize Israel's right to exist."

Changes Coming to White House Press Room: Who, Where, When and How - The New York Times [cached]

"Beginning to suggest the daily briefings shouldn't happen every day in the format that they are, I think, begins to establish a slippery slope," said Scott Wilson, the national editor for The Washington Post, who was a White House correspondent during the Obama presidency.

Scott Wilson Named National Editor at Washington Post


Honorable Mention for the Aldo Beckman Award goes to Scott Wilson of the Washington Post whose excellent reporting and writing style display an ability to take complex policy issues and weave them into a narrative that chronicles the political strategies and the interactions of the personalities involved in his stories.


White House Correspondents' Association announces ABC'S Jake Tapper, The Washington Post's Scott Wilson and teams at Politico and the Associated Press are winners of its 2012 journalism awards
Scott Wilson of The Washington Post won the Aldo Beckman award, which recognizes a correspondent who personifies the journalistic excellence and personal qualities of Aldo Beckman, a former president of the White House Correspondents' Association and a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. The judges wrote, "Out of a strong crop of contestants, the judges chose Scott Wilson of The Washington Post for his deeply reported and nuanced stories, his evocative writing and his clear presentation of complex issues, particularly on the foreign policy front.

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