|September 2, 2010||by Ricki Hollander, Gilead Ini|
|New York Times Draws Anti-Israel Lesson From Palestinian Attack|
While the New York Times claims to hold itself “to the highest standards in journalism,” it recently appears to have given up on any pretense of objective journalism on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
CAMERA has frequently highlighted the Times’ tendency to disproportionately focus on alleged Israeli misdeeds and Palestinian victimhood in news and human interest stories, while at the same time ignoring or whitewashing Palestinian incitement and violence.
Now, however, the newspaper has gone even further in its partisan stance on the conflict, as demonstrated in recent coverage of two deadly attacks against Israelis. Even when Israelis are clearly the victims of Arab aggression, the Times still manages to deflect guilt from the perpetrators in order to focus on what it perceives as Israel’s misdeeds.
A September 1, 2010 article, entitled “Killing of 4 Israeli Settlers on Eve of Peace Talks Rattle Leaders on Both Sides,” by Isabel Kershner and Mark Landler, was introduced with an immediate redirection of attention from Palestinian terrorism, a key Israeli concern in peace talks, to Palestinian grievances about Israeli settlements. The lede states:
Terrorists riddle an Israeli car with bullets and follow up by nearing the car to finish off its occupants — all civilians, including one pregnant woman — and the main issue it “underscores,” according to the New York Times, is not Palestinian terrorism and incitement, not Hamas’ continued rejection of Israel’s existence and not the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control over that terror group, which still clearly has an active presence in the West Bank, but the “disruptive role” of settlements. (Is this because the slain Israelis lived in a Jewish settlement or because they were driving near an Israeli holy site in Hebron, or could it possibly be that this is because Palestinian negotiators are focusing on Israeli settlements as a key issue?)
This article comes on the heels of another New York Times analysis that went to great lengths to whitewash Arab responsibility for the killing of Israelis. In an August 24 story, “U.S. aids Lebanese military because of, and despite, what it gets in return,” reporter Robert Worth described as “accidental” a deadly skirmish that took place across the Israeli-Lebanese border:
What the Times described as an “accidental” firefight that just “broke out”was in fact a Lebanese shooting, likely by a sniper, that killed an IDF commander and prompted an Israeli counter-strike.
Here is AP’s description of what happened:
Israel suggested the attack was “premeditated.” And there seems to be no evidence that even Lebanon claims its attack was an accident, a point underscored by the Lebanese information minister’s insistence that this area is Lebanese territory despite being south of Blue Line, and by a Lebanese army spokesman’s statement that his side “opened fire first at Israeli soldiers who entered Lebanese territory… This constituted defence of our sovereignty and is an absolute right.”
Yet a New York Times reporter took it upon himself to rule the attack “accidental” and thus exculpate Lebanon from responsibility for the incident.
It has long been clear that the Times default editorial position is to blame Israel for trouble in the Middle East. That the news pages appear to be unabashedly spinning coverage in this way is a clear abandonment of even the most basic of journalistic standards.
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“They [Israel] haven’t had a car bombing in two and a half years and the sad truth, really, is that the wall with the West Bank has actually worked.
That is what Richard Stengel, Time magazine editor, and presumably the fellow responsible for Time Mag’s next Israel bashing cover, had to say. It’s an overt admission not only whose side the media is on (we already knew that), but that they actually want to see terrorists succeed in killing Jews.
The New York Times, not to be outdone, chimed in with their best “she was asking for it” defense, headlining their story on the attacks with…
People being murdered is very disruptive. Naturally the blame lies on them for being murdered.