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April 05, 2011

NYT Responds to Reports That it Rejected Goldstone Op-Ed

Israeli media outlets reported yesterday that sources close to Judge Richard Goldstone said that the author of the infamous U.N. report on Gaza first turned to the New York Times with his mea culpa, but that the paper of record rejected his turnaround column.

Yediot Achronot (available in Hebrew in print) follows up today that both the New York Times and Goldstone himself confirm that Goldstone submitted an Op-Ed to the New York Times on March 22, but not the Op-Ed that ran last week in the Washington Post. The New York Times and Goldstone did not divulge the content of the March 22 submission, which raises the question: Did it go even further than the Washington Post piece in rejecting his earlier conclusions concerning alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza?

Posted by TS at April 5, 2011 02:15 AM


According to Ben Smith's source, the NYT rejected that submission because it apparently wasn't newsworthy, i.e. didn't go far enough: The NYT now says the WaPo piece "bears no resemblance" to what he sent them. The real question is: why didn't he go back to the NYT, if it was a different piece? Anyway, all speculation.

Posted by: Martin Kramer at April 5, 2011 03:57 AM

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