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April 09, 2014

Where's the Coverage? NY Times Wrong on Hitler, Wrong to this Day


If you have noticed that the New York Times news pages are slanted against Israel, you have probably also noticed the predominantly anti-Israel voices given a platform on the editorial pages. CAMERA has. CAMERA is undertaking a campaign to inform the public about The Times’ anti-Israel bias and how the newspaper omits key information and misrepresents facts.

Unfortunately, The New York Times has been wrong for decades. On December 20, 1924, the newspaper ran this article:

NYT-Hitler Release from Prison.jpg

It goes without saying that Hitler was absolutely not “tamed by prison.�? However, Times readers did not get a full picture of how wrong this assessment was because, as historian Laurel Leff proved in her book, “Buried by The Times,�? the newspaper downplayed the horrors of the Holocaust by printing stories on little-read back pages, running items without headlines and burying key facts within larger articles. Failing to give proper weight to arguably the most important news story of the twentieth century is clearly wrong.

And Times wrongness continues to this day. CAMERA’s six-month study of The New York Times details how the newspaper treats Israel with a harsher standard, omits context, and shows a clear preference for the Palestinian narrative. As for the opinion pages, The New York Observer recently ran a story quoting current and former Times reporters savaging the pundits, particularly Tom Friedman:

…One current Times staffer said, “It really isn’t about politics, because I land more to the left than I do to the right. I just find it …�?

He paused for a long time before continuing and then, unprompted, returned to Mr. Friedman. “I just think it’s bad, and nobody is acknowledging that they suck, but everybody in the newsroom knows it, and we really are embarrassed by what goes on with Friedman. I mean anybody who knows anything about most of what he’s writing about understands that he’s, like, literally mailing it in from wherever he is on the globe. He’s a travel reporter. A joke. The guy gets $75,000 for speeches and probably charges the paper for his first-class airfare.�?

Another former Times writer, someone who has gone on to great success elsewhere, expressed similar contempt (and even used the word “embarrass�?) and says it’s longstanding.

“I think the editorials are viewed by most reporters as largely irrelevant, and there’s not a lot of respect for the editorial page. The editorials are dull, and that’s a cardinal sin. They aren’t getting any less dull. As for the columnists, Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years…�?

If you read Friedman’s column on Sunday you know that some things never change. The Times was wrong on Hitler and is wrong today on Israel. As for a balanced and contextual assessment of Israel-related issues, in The New York Times… Where’s the coverage?

You can watch a lecture by Laurel Leff by clicking here or watch a shorter presentation by Hunter College High School student Anna Blech:

Posted by SC at April 9, 2014 09:11 PM


This presentation by Laurel Leff is brilliant. She should have a great future.

Posted by: Kenneth Perlman at April 10, 2014 10:28 AM

Nothing shocks me with the NY Times.
11 years ago they had radical Israel hater Avi Shlaim write an article saying the real obstacle to peace is Sharon, not Arafat. Shlaim tried to see this murderer Arafat was a moderate and man of peace.
Israel and Palestine : The real obstacle to peace is Sharon, not Arafat
Avi Shlaim
September 24, 2003

I hope Avi Shlaim is eating crow supporting this mass murderer Arafat.
Bodyguard: Arafat Would Lie When Denouncing Killing of Israeli Civilians (VIDEO)

Arafat’s Condolences to Dolphinarium Bomber’s Family: The Heroic Martyrdom Operation’…’A Model of Manhood and Sacrifice
July 9, 2001
Maslama Thabet, leader of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades admitted in 2002 all orders to kill Israeli civilians comes from Arafat.

During the 12 year Civil War in Lebanon, caused by Yassir Arafat’s assuming power through terror, his terrorists committed mass murder. Whole villages of Christians like Damour were massacred, chopped into pieces with machetes. Out of the 30,000 Christians, 10,000 were slaughtered by Arafat’s PLO. The town was then occupied and kept as Arafat’s stronghold. David Shipler of the New York Times wrote the story of Damour June 21, 1982. There were individual murders.! One horrific, but typical, example is when the Muktar (leader) of a village refused to be cooperative with Arafat and his terrorists. The Muktar’s teenage daughter was abducted and raped. Her breasts were cut off and she was delivered to the doorstep of her father in a sack.

Posted by: Barry Rosen at April 10, 2014 06:33 PM

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