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December 19, 2012

NYT Just Can't Help It

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The New York Times just couldn't help itself. It just couldn't pass on yet another gratuitous swipe at Israel. Jeffrey Gettleman, the Times' east Africa bureau chief, published a lengthy story on the horrors of Congo's raging war, and half-way through has this to say about Rwanda's role in the conflict:

For years, the United States and Rwanda’s other Western friends turned a blind eye to this meddling. Again, like Israel, Rwanda has succeeded in leveraging the guilt that other countries feel for not intervening in its genocide — in which almost a million people were killed when Hutu militias targeted Tutsis in 1994 — to blunt criticism of itself.

CAMERA recently released a new monograph, Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Perhaps our next expose should be: Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of Totally Unrelated International Conflicts. It would make for disturbing reading.

Posted by TS at December 19, 2012 07:30 AM

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I am waiting to read something not unlike the following from Mr. Gettleman:
Jeffrey Gettleman, the Times' east Africa bureau chief, published a lengthy story on the horrors of Congo's raging war, and half-way through has this to say about Rwanda's role in the conflict: Not unlike the manner in which I murdered my parents and then threw myself on the mercy of the court of public opinion reminding the world that I am an orphan (and if that is not a sufficient non sequitur permit me to mention Israel.......

Posted by: drh3177 at December 20, 2012 11:31 AM

Jeffrey Gettleman? How sad it is to be afraid to stand up for your right to be a Jew. Not only that, but to gratuitously attack Israel in a totally unrelated article is just wrong.
The German Jews in WWII thought of themselves as "GERMANS" - good Germans. They too were pushed into the ovens.
Have we already forgotten the dangers of assimilation?

Posted by: Joyce Zimberg at December 20, 2012 11:55 AM

The Times recently published a half page advertisement from a group called "Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine."
It featured drawings which depict Palestinian claims to virtually all of the land of Israel and, in effect, denied the legitimacy of Israel. It was clearly inflammatory. Does freedom of the press mandate that a newspaper must accept advertisements from any group regardless of the veracity of same? What policy did the Times adopt in the Nazi-Bund era?

Posted by: Richard M. Handel at December 20, 2012 12:09 PM

It is little asides such as this which normalize the demonization of Israel. As readers, we need to look out for such instances of casual bias and to report them or respond in letters.

Posted by: Arthur Toporovsky at January 1, 2013 03:55 PM

Dear CAMERA:

Thank goodness for you. Keep up the good and necessary work.

Mel Konner, MD, PhD
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor
Emory University

Posted by: Mel Konner at February 28, 2013 07:18 PM

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