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September 11, 2011

Robert Mackey MisLedes Again

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Regarding the attack this weekend on the Israeli embassy in Cairo, the New York Times' Robert Mackey blogs on The Lede:

The wall [surrounding the embassy] was constructed recently by Egyptian authorities following protests calling for the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador over the killing of Egyptian security officers by Israeli forces last month. The officers were killed as Israel hunted for militants who carried out deadly attacks near the border between the two countries in the Sinai desert. (Emphasis added)

That's an odd way of describing an attack on Israeli civilians and soldiers within Israeli territory, close to the border with Egypt.

Posted by TS at September 11, 2011 06:56 AM

Comments

Robert Mackey is the poster child for everything wrong with journalism today. Like most writers with the NYT, his main goal is to portray Israel in a negative light every chance he gets.

Posted by: America4Ever at September 12, 2011 01:33 AM

Apparently he is leaving the NY Times for a stint at the Guardian. Should suit him perfectly.

Posted by: Bella Center at September 15, 2011 12:46 PM

misledes? misleads?

Posted by: Gemma at September 15, 2011 01:32 PM

That's quite a reach - reading something sinister into an accurate description that the attacks took place close to the border between two countries. Since the post you ripped this out of was about Egyptians protesting at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, the fact that the attacks took place near the border was what was important here, but are you seriously suggesting that not explicitly saying that the attacks happened inside Israel is evidence of some sort of bias? If so, you really need to try harder.

Posted by: Robert Mackey at September 16, 2011 07:22 PM

"That's quite a reach - reading something sinister into an accurate description"

"Near a border implies" inside their own territory. That is how I read it. "Near a border" implies nearing a threshold, not passing it and then staying near. It's deception by omission. If I shoot someone with a bullet near the depth of the flesh, people would infer he "nearly" got grazed, not that the bullet penetrated flesh and merely stayed superficial. Can you imagine that?

If not, you're delusions are even worse than I had feared.

Posted by: Chris McReynolds at September 17, 2011 05:25 PM

Why intelligent people continue to buy the New York Times is a mystery unless they're wrapping fish or lining the canary cage. Ochs, Ochs, the glory has departed.

Posted by: a. egelman at September 18, 2011 03:54 AM

Robert Mackey at NYT quotes Electronic Intifada, Max Blumenthal, and Amy Goodman as legitimate sources on Nov. 4, 2011: http://nyti.ms/uEZ0Xy

Posted by: MJ at November 4, 2011 06:25 PM

I have been following Mr. Mackey for years and have continually commented on his site about his misrepresentation. This past week, I posted comments about his lack of journalistic professionalism of quoting a blogger as fact. He didn't print my comment, yet he allowed numerous inaccurate comments to be posted. By not posting my comments, he has completely convinced me of his bias against Israel. What's next -- citing the man on the street as a reputable and official source?

Posted by: M Berger at November 9, 2011 08:42 AM

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