CAMERA activists take CBS to task at shareholders meeting


(JTA) — Representatives of a pro-Israel media watchdog took CBS to task for a news segment about the plight of Christians in the Holy Land.

Activists from the Committe for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, or CAMERA, “dominated” much of the annual shareholders meeting on Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The activists said that CBS had failed to correct what they said were inaccuracies and distortions in a piece by “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon.

“The failure of CBS News to take action on this matter remains astonishing and inexplicable,” CAMERA’s Talia Shulman Gold told company executives.

The segment, which aired a year ago, drew fire from Jewish groups for emphasizing settlement expansion and other Israeli policies as factors driving Palestinian Christians to emigrate. In his reporting, Simon also cited pressures from Palestinian Muslims.

CBS executives defended the network’s First Amendment rights and stood by the segment.

The meeting was otherwise filled with positive reports about company performance.

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