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June 09, 2014

NYT: Biblical Quote Evokes Gaza Rockets

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President Peres calls for peace at the Vatican (photo by Haim Zach/GPO)

As it is wont to do, The New York Times egregiously editorializes today in its coverage of President Shimon Peres' remarks at the Vatican yesterday ("At Vatican, Day of Prayer with Focus on Uniting"). Jim Yardley and Jodi Rudoren write:

Mr. Peres, for his part, did not mention rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, but evoked it with the Biblical quotation, "nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

How do The Times' writers conclude from Peres' citation of the oft quoted Isaiah 2:4 verse, which is also sung as a popular Hebrew song, that he was speaking in code about rocket fire from Gaza? And once Times writers are employing sheer speculation, why stop just at rocket fire? How do they divine that President Peres was not evoking suicide bombings, rock-throwing, stabbings, shootings?

In a separate noteworthy point, the same article refers to Jerusalem as "considered by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital," as if the city holds an identical status for both nations. In fact, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (despite occasional New York Times slippage on this point), will Palestinians would like it to be their capital. That's a critical distinction that exists in the real world, and therefore one that ought to be made clear in news stories.

By treating sheer speculation as news, and by obscuring concrete facts, The Times once again turns journalism's traditional mandate on its head.

Posted by TS at June 9, 2014 06:27 AM


The New York Times, when reporting on Israel, often engages in, as we say in Hebrew, 'hafuch' (up-side-down) reporting.

Posted by: Steven Wenck at June 10, 2014 05:57 AM

I have just read a rant on another website which says that the US media is "controlled by Jews and Zionists." What irony.

Posted by: victor vincey at June 18, 2014 04:52 PM

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