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February 11, 2015

Where's the Coverage? NY Times Correction Undermines Anti-Netanyahu Narrative Promoted by… NY Times


The Tower Magazine reported:

A correction published in The New York Times on Friday shows that a key report was mistaken in earlier reporting on Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R – Ohio) invitation to address a joint session of Congress in March. This, despite the fact that Boehner’s office released a detailed timeline two days earlier. The report played a central role in the widespread controversy that ensued about the propriety of Netanyahu’s acceptance of the invitation.

The original article reported that Netanyahu had explained why he accepted the invitation from Boehner “without first notifying the White House.?

The correction states that the White House had indeed been informed prior to Netanyahu’s acceptance.

Indeed, here is the correction in The Times:

Correction: January 30, 2015 An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.

American Thinker notes that the protocol followed in arranging Netanyahu’s speech this year is no different than protocol followed in 2011:

In 2011, Boehner sent a notice to the WH stating his intention to invite Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress. The White House never responded (spite? incompetence?) and Boehner proceeded to extend the invitation to Netanyahu. Netanyahu accepted the invitation and spoke. The White House did not express any outrage in 2011.


Boehner clearly assumed the same series of events was occurring when the White House failed to respond this time to the notice given to the White House before he sent an invite to Netanyahu. (Hat Tip: CJL and LR).

However, the correction, and the fact that it completely undermines “speechgate,? has only been reported in some blogs, Jewish, Israeli or niche media.

Indeed, even after the correction, Times columnist Thomas Friedman continued to flog the false narrative.

Where are the journalistic ethics? Where’s the fact-based reporting? And, at the very least, when it comes to the correction of the record on the issue of Netanyahu’s upcoming speech… Where’s the coverage?

Posted by SC at February 11, 2015 06:35 PM


Sure, The Times correction states that the administration knew about the invitation before Netanyahu's acceptance. It does not state that the administration knew before the invitation was issued. Big difference don't you think?
The only report that the administration was informed prior to the invitation being extended comes from The American Thinker -- a well-known Obama-bashing journal.

Posted by: Stanley Kaplan at February 12, 2015 04:20 PM

Jews have always been held to a higher standard. NU, is this any different?

Posted by: Ellen Sue Spicer at February 16, 2015 03:53 PM

See :
"On Sunday, Boehner acknowledged on Fox News Channel that he had not informed the White House of his invitation to the Israeli leader."
So the American Thinker is wrong. Thomas Friedman is not continuing to 'flog the false narrative'.
CAMERA often requests corrections from news organisations. In this case CAMERA itself should issue a correction.

Posted by: Jess Holdsworth at February 16, 2015 08:12 PM

Another NYT bias article

Posted by: Ronaldo at February 17, 2015 09:54 AM

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