Friday, October 15, 2010

NY Times at it Again with Misleading, One-sided Reporting

October 15, 2010

Mr. Arthur S. Brisbane
Public Editor
The New York Times

Dear Mr. Brisbane,

When you took up your post as Public Editor, I wrote you an Open Letter.

In the letter, I said, "I am guessing but I would not be surprised if it turns out that one of the more vexatious ongoing issues you will have to deal with is the New York Times' relationship with Israel and Jews, and coverage of stories related to these matters."

Well, it didn't take long for me to confirm that Vis-à-vis
Israel, nothing is new under the sun for The New York Times.

A recent article headlined  Israel Plan to Build Clouds Peace Talks is biased, one-sided, and misleading reportage on the part of the NY Times. Of course, when reporting on Israel that is all too often the case.

A fair headline would have been, "Palestinians Still Refuse to Recognize Israel as a Jewish State." Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that "Palestine will never sign an agreement  recognizing Israel as a Jewish State or one regarding a land swap."  That was the news.

A minor footnote to the article might have been that "a temporary freeze, issued at the strong urging  (meaning arm-twisting) of President Obama expired on its terms."

Quite properly, upon the expiration of the ill-conceived freeze that was imposed on Israel as one more effort to boost President Obama's flagging presidency, Israel resumed normal home building in Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev, two heavily built-up Jewish area that Arabs claim as part of East Jerusalem but which have been settled by Jews for decades (since the early 1970s), and prior to that were barren hills."

That would have been honest reportage.

I look forward to learning what corrective actions you plan to take to provide factual, accurate, even-handed and unbiased coverage about Israel.

David E Y Sarna

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