Contacting the Media

There are a variety of reasons why pro-Israel advocates should want to contact the media. They primarily fall into the categories of reaction and pro-action.

Frequently we read, see or hear anti-Israel reports in the media and we want to challenge the report due to bias, inaccurate history or “facts” or failure to present balance or taking a situation out of context.

Other times we want to tout a great achievement by Israel or an Israeli, or conversely, point out what Israel’s enemies are doing (that might otherwise go unreported).

When you contact the media, remember to be polite and to be concise whether the contact is by phone, email or mail or in person.

Use the information below for news tips, letters or to criticize coverage. Don’t neglect the smaller neighborhood or town papers. Note: Keep letters-to-the-editor less than 200 words.

Stop Media Bias Against Israel

You can help us set the record straight

You can make a difference! By writing letters-to-editor or posting/commenting online or directly contacting journalists or calling T.V. and radio stations in response to coverage of Israel, you convey that the public is alert to skewed, inaccurate or incomplete reports.

Public participation in promoting balanced, accurate coverage is essential and urgent. We encourage you to respond regularly to unfair media portrayals of Israel and inaccurate and distorted articles about her adversaries. It is also important to communicate appreciation to journalists whose reports are objective and factual.

Keep this directory handy and use it often!

Tips and Strategies

Respond while the issue is still fresh in the minds of journalists, commentators and their audience. State the point of your letter or phone call within the first two sentences.

Be specific about why the article or broadcast was unfair.

Be concise. Most publications will not print more than 200 words for a letter to the editor. Limit your topic. While an article or broadcast may contain numerous instances of bias, focus on just one or two. It’s better to fully explain one point than to inadequately cover five. Stick to the facts. Hostile or overly emotional language is counterproductive. Be cordial and polite in your tone.

Be pro-active. Don’t wait for a crisis to be an advocate for Israel. Send in letters or make calls about Israel’s prolific contributions to medicine, science and technology, or expose what Israel’s enemies are doing and saying.

COMMON MYTHS SPREAD BY THE MEDIA

1. MYTH: “The Arabs will make peace in exchange for territory.”

FACT: When Palestinian Authority spokesmen address Arab audiences, they state openly that their goal is the destruction of all Israel, not just the conquest of the pre-1967 territories, and that they adhere to the “Strategy of Phases” – first gain some of the territories, and then use them as a springboard to invade and destroy the rest of Israel. P.A. maps define all of Israel as “Occupied Palestine.” The songs taught to children in the P.A. schools and summer camps speak of “returning” to cities including Haifa and Tiberias, within pre-1967 Israel.

2. MYTH: “Jewish ‘settlements’ are the obstacles to peace.”

FACT: Before 1967, there was constant Arab terrorism and three Arab wars against Israel – before a single “settlement” existed. The real issue was never “settlements;” the issue has always been the existence of the Jewish state of Israel.

3. MYTH: “The Israeli forces expelled the Arabs from Palestine in 1948.”

FACT: The overwhelming majority of the Arabs who left Palestine in 1948 did so voluntarily, to get out of the way of the war. If six Arab armies had not invaded the newborn Israel in an effort to annihilate it, there would not be a single Arab refugee. Only a small minority of Arab-Palestinians were required to leave their villages in a few cases where the Arab forces were using the residents as a shield to attack Israeli forces – and even then, the Arabs relocated to areas just a few miles away.

4. MYTH: “Jerusalem is holy to all three major religions.”

FACT: The city of Jerusalem as a whole is not sacred to Christianity or Islam; there are individual religious sites within the city that those religions consider holy. Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Koran (though it is mentioned more than 600 times in the Hebrew Bible). During the centuries of Muslim rule, Jerusalem was never made a regional capital, and when Jordan controlled eastern Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, no Arab leader except King Hussein ever visited it.

TV STATIONS
CBS 3 – Eyewitness News
1555 Hamilton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Margaret Cronin, News Director
Email – cronin@cbs3.com
Phone (215) 977-5333
Fax (215) 977-5658
Website www.cbsphilly.com
Email – newsdesk@cbs3.com

6ABC WPVI-TV
4100 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Tom Davis, News Director
Phone (215) 878-9700 #21
Fax (215) 581-4530
News Tip Line:#6abc from cellphone or
call (866) 639-7749
Website www.6abc.com
Email – Use form on website and
include attachments.

WCAU/NBC 10
10 Monument Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Anzio Williams, VP of News
Phone (610) 668-5705
Phone (newsroom) (610) 668-5705
Fax (610) 668-3700
Email – wcaudesk@nbcuni.com
Website www.nbcphiladelphia.com

WXTF 29 (FOX LOCAL NEWS)
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Jim Driscoll, News Director
Phone (215) 982-5500
Fax (215) 982-5494
Fox Tip Line (800) 220-6397 or
send email to fox29@foxtv.com
Website www.fox29.com
E-mail – fox29.newsdesk@foxtv.com

RADIO STATIONS
KYW NEWS RADIO
KYW Newsradio 1060
1551 Hamilton St. 6th floor
Philadelphia, Pa. 19130
Dee Patel, News Director
Email – newstips@kyw1060info.com
Voice: (215) 238-4991

WHYY Philadelphia
Independence Mall West
150 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Eugene Sonn, News Director
Phone (215) 351-1200
Fax (215) 351-3352 (Radio)
Website www.newsworks.org
Email – newsroom@whyy.org

WPHT 1210 AM
Dom Giordano, Chris Stigall, and others
Call-in line: 855-839-1210

NEWSPAPERS
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Nancy Phillips, City Editor
nphillips@phillynews.com
News (215) 854-2254
Website www.phillynews.com
Letters to the editor: inquirer.letters@phillynews.com
801 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

Philadelphia Daily News
Yvette Ousley, City Editor
ousleyy@phillynews.com
Phone (215) 854-5908
Fax (215) 845-5691
Website www.philly.com/dailynews/
Letters to the editor:
views@phillynews.com
801 Market Street #300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email sshea@phillynews.com

The Ambler Gazette
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: gazette@montgomerynews.com
editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Bucks County Courier Times
8400 N Bristol Pike
Levittown, PA 19057
Shane Fitzgerald, Executive Editor
Email – sfitzgerald@calkins.com
Phone (215)949-4160
Fax (215) 949-4177
Website www.buckscountycouriertimes.com
Email – community@calkins.com
Letters: letters@calkins.com

Colonial News
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200
Fax (215) 643-9475

The Daily Local News
250 N. Bradford Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382
Andy Hachadorian, Managing Editor
Email and letters: news@dailylocal.com
Phone (610) 696-1775

The Delaware County Daily Times
500 Mildred Avenue
Primos, PA 19018
Phil Heron, News Editor
Email – editor@delcotimes.com
Phone (610) 622-8800
Fax (610) 622-8887

Doylestown Intelligencer
333 N. Broad Street
PO Box 858
Doylestown, PA 18901
Harry Yanoshak, Exec. Editor
Email – hyanoshak@calkins.com
intell_letters@calkins.com
Phone (215) 345-3080
Fax (215) 345-3150

Glenside News
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Globe News
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Jewish Exponent
2100 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone (215) 832-0700, (215) 832-0797
Fax (215) 569-3389
Greg Salisbury, Managing Editor
gsalisbury@jewishexponent.com
Letters: letters@jewishexponent.com
Website www.jewishexponent.com

The Main Line Times
311 East Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Susan Greenspon, Managing Editor
sgreenspon@journalregister.com
Phone (610) 642-4300

Norristown Times Herald
410 Markley Street
PO Box 591
Norristown, PA 19404
Stan Huskey, News Editor
shuskey@timesherald.com
Email – editors@timesherald.com
Phone (610) 272-2500 ext. 215
Fax (610) 272-1935

Northeast Times
2512 Metropolitan Drive
Trevose, PA 19053
Tom Waring, Editor
Email – twaring@bsmphilly.com
Phone (215) 354-3000
Fax (215) 355-4857

North Penn Life
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Perkasie News Herald
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

The Philadelphia Business Journal
400 Market Street suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Craig Ey, News Editor
philadelphia@Bizjournals.com
Letters: cey@bizjournals.com
Phone (215)238-1450
Fax (215)238-9489

Philadelphia Weekly
1500 Sansom Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jackie Rupp, News Editor
jackie@philadelphiaweekly.com
Phone (215)563-7400, ext. 161
Fax (215)563-0620

Philadelphia Weekly Press
218 S. 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Bob Christian, News Editor
Editor@pressreview.net
Phone (215) 222-2846
Fax (215) 222-2378

Public Spirit/Willow Grove Guide
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Roxborough Review
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Souderton Independent
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

South Philly Review
12th and Porter Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Bill Gelman, News Editor
bgelman@southphillyreview.com
Letters: editor@southphillyreview.com
Phone (215) 336-2500

Springfield Sun
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

Suburban Life
311 East Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003
Susan Greenspon, News Editor
sgreenspon@mainlinemedianews.com
Phone (610) 642-4300 Ext 82524
Fax (610) 642-9704

Times Chronicle
307 Derstine Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19446
Tom Celona, News Editor
tcelona@montgomerynews.com
Letters: editorial@montgomerynews.com
Phone (215) 542-0200

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Courier Post
301 Cuthbert Blvd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Jason Alt, Executive Editor
jalt@gannett.com
Email: cpmetro@courierpostonline.com
Letters: cpedit@courierpostonline.com
Newsroom Daytime: (856)663-6000
After 6:00pm/Weekends: (856)486-2401

Jewish Community Voice of
Southern New Jersey
David Portnoe: Editor
(856)751-9500, Ext. 1237
Email and letters:
dportnoe@jfedsnj.org

DELAWARE
Delaware Jewish Voice
Jaidy Schweers, Editor
email and letters:
jaidy@shalomdel.org
302-427-2100 x823

Wilmington News Journal
John Sweeney, Editor
jsweeney@delawareonline.com
Letter to the editor email form: letters@delawareonline.com
Phil Freedman, News Editor
pfreedman@delawareonline.com
Phone: (302) 324-2500

newsdesk@delawareonline.com

NATIONAL MEDIA
Associated Press
1835 Market St. Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA. 19103
Phone: 215-561-1133
Editorial Phone: 215-561-1133
Fax: 215-561-3544
Larry Rosenthal, News Editor
lrosenthal@ap.org
phillyap@ap.org

ABC News
77 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777
Fax: 212-456-4292
President: Ben Sherwood (212)456-6200
Foreign Desk: John Williams (212)456-2800
Website: www.abcnews.com for all email addresses.

CBS News
524 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212)975-4321
Fax: (212)975-1893
CBS News President, Peter Dunn
Website: www.cbsnews.com for all email addresses.

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Phone: 212-664-4444
Website: www.nbcnews.com for all email addresses.
london.newsdesk@nbcuni.com

National Public Radio
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-513-3232
Website: www.npr.org
E-mail: ombudsman@npr.org

Fox News Channel
1211 Avenue of Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (888) 369-4762
E-mail: www.foxnews.com
Go to “contact us” to email
Chairman/CEO: Roger Eugene Ailes

CNN
One CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 827-1500
Website: www.cnn.com for all
email addresses.