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Andrea Levin is director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), a media watchdog group pro-Israel nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Boston.
Levin was born in the mid-1940s in Manhattan, grew up as an "Army brat", once taught English in the Philadelphia public schools, and later worked at the Kennedy School of Government as an associate editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Involvement at CAMERA
Levin's involvement in CAMERA began in 1988 when she wrote an article for the Boston-area weekly The Tab critical of the Boston Globe's coverage of the first intifada. In an interview in 2003, she told the Globe, "I was not very acquainted with the established Jewish community," but began receiving calls after her piece was published.
Levin told an interviewer, "I think pro-Israeli media watching has an importance beyond the cause of Israel. Efforts that induce better adherence to ethical journalism in one subject area are positive generally in helping to strengthen American democracy, especially, again, as there are no enforceable codes of professional conduct in the media."
In a 2001 article titled "Ha'aretz Fuels Anti-Israel Bias" Levin wrote that some Haaretz reporters are guilty of sacrificing factual accuracy on the altar of political convictions. Levin specifically referred to reporter Amira Hass, who she said was made to pay $60,000 to the Jewish community of Hebron after an inaccurate report. Other Haaretz contributors singled out by Levin included Gideon Levy, Akiva Eldar and Baruch Kimmerling.
In 2002 Levin stated that while Israel has capable spokesmen, it does not conduct its publicity effectively.
In an op-ed for The Jerusalem Post in 2010, Levin criticized The New York Times after Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner made statements on MSNBC accusing the Israeli public of prejudice and racism in relation to its views toward Barack Obama. In the same op-ed, Levin accused B'Tselem of characterizing terrorists as civilians.
- Blaming the Messenger, Mark Jurkowitz, Boston Globe, Feb. 9, 2003
- A Violent World: TV News Images of Middle Eastern Terror and War, Nitzan Ben-Shaul (2007), p. 124
- Jesus and the Culture Wars: Reclaiming the Lord's Prayer, C. J. Conner (2007), p. 161
- A Diary of Four Years of Terrorism and Anti-Semitism: 2000-2004, Robert R Friedmann (2005), p. 143
- Interview with Andrea Levin, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 1, 2005
- Levin, Andrea (6 August 2001). "Ha’aretz Fuels Anti-Israel Bias". Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Handwerker, Haim (20 June 2002). "Don't blame the messenger". Haaretz. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Guttman, Nathan (5 September 2007). "CNN Comes Under Unprecedented Attack". The Forward. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- Levin, Andrea (26 June 2010). "Questions for ‘The New York Times’". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- CAMERA Official website.
- Bearing False Witness: Jimmy Carter's Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
- "CAMERA: Fighting Distorted Media Coverage of Israel and the Middle East: An Interview with Andrea Levin" (Exec. Dir. of CAMERA) at Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
- FrontPage Magazine: Andrea Levin Recent Articles