The guest speaker at the meeting was Simon Plosker, managing editor of HonestReporting, which monitors the media and pounces on any inaccuracies about Israel and the Jewish people, often securing corrections and apologies.
"You've been on the real front lines, defending Jewish values and universal human values," Plosker
told the veterans, adding that they were still on the front lines because they had the time and the energy to respond to some of the media bias.
That is actually HonestReporting
's success formula.
When editors are bombarded with letters and emails pointing out inaccuracies and providing the correct information, most of them, certainly the most professional of them, will back down and make amends - but not all of them.
"Some media are not interested in the truth" said Plosker
In fact, Israel falls into the same negative category as North Korea, Pakistan and Iran, said Plosker
, adding that there is a gap in perception.
attributed this to distortion of facts and wrong photo captions and gave examples of the ever constant battle being waged by HonestReporting
and its supporters.
In urging his audience to complain to a responsible editor when something untoward about Israel or the Jewish people is published or broadcast, Plosker
said: "A single person may not make a difference, but together, many of us can."