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NYT: Trump Would ‘Love To Be The One’ To Make Peace Between Israel, PA

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump told top editors, White House reporters, top presidential campaign reporters, senior managers, editorial-op-ed writers editors and writers from The New York Times on Tuesday he would “love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians.” Trump’s remarks were posted by various New York Times reporters and editors in a series of live tweets released on the NYT website.

“That would be such a great achievement,” he said.

The president-elect was then quoted in a tweet by Elisabeth Bumiller: “Jared Kushner could help make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.” The meeting was a “take no prisoners” opportunity for Trump to clear the air on media “misunderstandings” about his positions on the alt-right movement, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and similar issues.

Asked bluntly about the Nazi conference in DC this past weekend, Trump said, “Of course I disavow… and condemn them.” Likewise, he answered a similar question from executive editor Dean Baquet, who asked whether he felt like he had done things to energize the alt-right movement.

“I don’t think so, Dean,” he replied. Nevertheless, he added, “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group. It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

When the questions turned to his appointment of former Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon, Trump said flatly, “If I thought he was a racist… or alt-right or any terms we would use… I wouldn’t even think about hiring him.

“I think it’s very hard on him. I think he’s having a hard time with it. Because it’s not him.” But Trump noted “a lot of people” were coming to Bannon’s defense. Among them was Reince Priebus, his new chief of staff, who spoke from the conference table during the meeting.

Among those the president-elect listed on his “Like” list was Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who he said he’s liked “for a long time.”

Hana Levi Julian

NYT Endorses Hillary Clinton, Democratic Candidate for President

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

The editorial board of the New York Times endorsed Clinton for president on Saturday in a pointed article in which the paper’s management said bluntly, “In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year.”

The Times went on to list what it considers her finest moments and achievements, among them, “efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran, which eventually pushed it to the table for talks over its nuclear program, and in 2012, she helped negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.”

The paper also praised Clinton’s “lasting achievements as a senator” for the state of New York, which the Times said “include a federal fund for long-term monitoring of 9/11 first responders, an expansion of military benefits to cover reservists and the National guard, and a law requiring drug companies to improve the safety of their medications for children. Below the radar, she fought for money for farmers, hospitals, small businesses and environmental projects.”

The paper acknowledged “her own share of mistakes” and her “lamentable penchant for secrecy.” It excused her “poor decision to rely on a private email server while at the State Department,” allowing that the decision deserved “scrutiny, and it’s had it,” but that the issue when considered against the current challenges facing the next president “looks like a matter for the help desk.”

Hana Levi Julian

New Billboards Target NY Times for Anti-Israel Reporting

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

The CAMERA watchdog organization has posted five new billboards in midtown Manhattan to spread the message of The New York Times’ slanted reportage on Israel.

The organization, officially known as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, still posts a billboard opposite the newspaper’s headquarters with a message that reads, “The New York Times Against Israel—All Rant, All Slant, All The Time. Stop The Bias!”

“We are expanding our effort to let the public know, beginning with the newspaper-reading public in New York City, that The Times persists—[and] has even doubled-down—in its long-standing pattern of prejudiced reporting and editorializing when it comes to Israel,” said Andrea Levin, CAMERA’s executive director.

One example of  The New York Times reports that play down terror is last month’s Times’ headline of the barbaric murders a Jerusalem’s Har Nof synagogue.

The original headline stated, “Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Complex,” as if the four victims may have died in the collapse of the building or in a work accident.

“If The Times imagines it can escape scrutiny, it’s quite mistaken. As long as The Times keeps lying about Israel, we’ll keep telling the truth about them,” Levin said.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Kerry Calls Synagogue Massacre ‘Pure Terror’

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the Arab murders of four Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning and labeled it an “act of pure terror and senseless brutality.”

Speaking in London, Kerry told reporters, “This morning in Jerusalem Palestinians attacked Jews who were praying in a synagogue.

“People who have come to worship God in a sanctuary of a synagogue were… murdered in a holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder.”

Interestingly, The New York Times referred to the terrorists as “assailants” and in the same article called the shooting of Temple Activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick last month an “episode.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

The Jewish Moral Superiority Complex is Eroding Our Rights

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Living in Israel this year is very centering, as in helping me feel centered, ground, rooted – look at the words that apply! – in my connection to Israel.

It also makes me even more frustrated with Jews everywhere for continuing to sacrifice Jewish rights and refuse their obligations on the alter of appearing to be the “better” person, the more “reasonable” partner, the one willing to give up and away rather than even quietly insist on having that to which we are entitled.

An example of my increased connection: Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, spoke to the nation on the evening of Nov. 10, the day of multiple terror attacks which included two stabbing deaths, one in Tel Aviv and one down the road from where I live. I listened to his address, seeking comfort and protection, not for news, but because I am living here.

And on the other hand, the very sad and shriveling other hand, it is also disconcerting living here.

Here’s an example: a dear friend who lives in Jerusalem called me the night of the stabbing attacks. She was calling to check in, to see if I was okay, because she knew one of the attacks took place nearby. (She wasn’t the only one who called to check – now I’m the one receiving, instead of making, those phone calls.)

As we spoke, I mentioned that I had just been to an event at the Begin Center. I told her I was astonished that there was absolutely no visible security for the event – the front door was wide open and no one checked me or the people with whom I entered, or any of our bags.

My stomach twisted at her response.

“Well, you aren’t advocating building the Third Temple and throwing the Arabs off the Temple Mount.”


This was spoken very matter of factly to me by a woman who made Aliyah with her family, including quite a few children, about eight years ago.

It is not easy living here. Her life and that of her family would have been much more comfortable in the U.S. They left behind all of their extended family, and made this their home.

And yet, my friend said and believes that Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Jewish rights advocate who was shot on Oct. 29 at point blank range four times as he left a meeting at the Begin Center, was somehow at fault.

Let’s make this perfectly clear for anyone reading this: Glick is a man of peace who simply advocates – yes, forcefully and with conviction – that Jews AS WELL AS MUSLIMS have the right to pray on the Temple Mount.

There. Now you know it, so if you hear people say otherwise, the obligation is on you to correct them. Of course you’ll need proof. Here it is:

For a helpful explanation of who Glick is and why what he wants is sensible, not extreme or outrageous, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik provides a useful and succinct explanation.

So why do people believe the opposite? Why is Yehuda Glick, in the eyes of so many, a symbol of Jewish “extremism” and presented as an obstinate man of moral superiority?

A huge part of the answer to that is the way in which he was described in virtually every news story about the attack on him. He was referred to as a “far right activist,”  (Reuters and Aol News). Even the centrist to center right papers in Israel referred to Glick as a “right wing activist” (YNET and the Jerusalem Post), in their headlines on the story.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

NY Times and Haaretz Officially in Cahoots

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

For those seeking to explain to Americans who don’t know what type of newspaper Haaretz is, in terms of its political orientation and its perspective on lsrael, Israel supporters will typically explain it as the New York Times of Israel. And they don’t mean that as a compliment.

The same is true in the other direction: the New York Times is the Haaretz of the United States.

What this shorthand means is that the two papers are frequently viewed (mostly by their own readers) as the paper of the elite, the intellectuals, the academics. And it also means that the two papers are consistently unflattering to Israel – even at the expense of accuracy – whenever possible.

For abundant examples, just take a visual tour through CAMERA’s website. CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, has expanded its reach and not only monitors U.S. media sites for inaccuracies regarding Israel, it also monitors the press in Britain, Spain, and now in Israel.

But both leftist papers have been struggling economically over the past several years. One astonishing fact revealed at a CAMERA event held in Jerusalem earlier this week revealed that only 4.8 percent of Israelis read Haaretz – an infinitesimally small number, especially compared to the high regard in which Haaretz holds itself.

So it was less of a shock than it might otherwise have been, but still a surprise to see that the New York Times has now officially teamed up, at least in terms of subscription piggybacking, with Haaretz.

Notices were sent out to those on the New York Times email list offering a special: all New York Times readers can now get a 40 percent discount on a one-year subscription to Haaretz, and the new subscribers will pay only $1 for the first month of the subscription.

In addition to revealing how desperate both papers are for additional subscribers, it is worth noting that even people who only subscribe to online news alerts from the Times received the offer. In other words, it is not a stretch to believe that the Times includes those alert-only subscribers in reporting to advertisers the number of its subscribers, thereby inflating the numbers.

But here’s a question: why would readers of the New York Times want a subscription to Haaretz? They are already receiving all the negatively-slanted information about the Middle East from the Times.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Israel’s Freedom of the Press; New York Times “Nonsense”

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

{Originally posted on the author’s site, “FirstOne Through”}


On May 1, 2014, Freedom House, a leading advocacy group on democracy and political freedom, released its annual report on freedom of the press around the world. “Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade” according to their report, led by declines in: Egypt; Libya; Jordan; Syria and Turkey. A notable exception was Israel, which became the only country in the entire MENA (Middle East and North Africa) to be ranked as having a free press.

Select 2013 country rankings (bold are MENA countries):

Israel (62) Italy (64) Chile (64) South Korea (68) South Africa (69) India (78) Philippines (87) Brazil (90) Argentina (106) Lebanon (112) Tunisia (112) Kuwait (127) Turkey (134) Libya (134) Morocco (147) Qatar (152) Jordan (155) Egypt (155) Iraq (157) Oman (161) Yemen (167) UAE (167) Ethiopia (176) West Bank, Gaza (179) Somalia (179) Saudi Arabia (181) Syria (189) Iran (190)

The New York Times declined to cover the story in May. However, on September 26, 2014 it ran an op-ed called “How Israel Silences Dissent”. The editorial said that the Israeli government punishes journalists that show sympathy for the Palestinians. There was no mention of the Freedom House ranking at that time either.

There was also no discussion of the Palestinians’ intimidation of the press. While the NYT was printing its anti-Israel editorial, the Foreign Press Association was reporting on the intense discrimination they endured in covering Operation Protective Edge: “The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza.” Even the extreme Israeli left-wing paper Haaretz reported that ““some reporters received death threats. Sometimes, cameras were smashed. Reporters were prevented from filming anti-Hamas demonstrations where more than 20 Palestinians were shot dead by Hamas gunmen.”

The New York Times did not report on any of this. The only time the NYT opted to quote the FPA during the 2014 Palestinian war against Israel was early in the conflict on July 23 when the FPA complained about Israeli intimidation.

While ignoring the Hamas harassment, the Times was not completely silent. Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times Middle East Bureau chief decided to make her position clear – on Twitter. Roduren proclaimed: “Every reporter I’ve met who was in Gaza during war says this Israeli/now FPA narrative of Hamas harassment is nonsense.”

Is the FPA only worth quoting when they complain about Israel? Is an opinion piece about possible Israeli intimidation the only op-ed that is worth printing while remaining silent about Hamas death threats? Is the uniqueness of Israel’s record of freedom of the press too hard for the New York Times to believe and therefore to report?

“Nonsense” seems to be the New York Times sense of balanced and accurate coverage. Sources:

Freedom House May 2014 press release: http://freedomhouse.org/article/freedom-press-2014-media-freedom-hits-decade-low#.VDnLh_8tCUl

Freedom House 2013 country ranking: http://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press-2014/press-freedom-rankings#.VDnNCv8tCUl

Foreign Press on Hamas intimidation: http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-admits-intimidating-foreign-press-who-reported-wrong-message/

New York Times on FPA discussing Israeli intimidation July 23: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/world/middleeast/foreign-correspondents-in-israel-are-targets-of-intimidation.html?_r=0

Rudoren nonsense: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=2814

FirstOneThrough music video for journalists in the Middle East: http://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/journalists-in-the-middle-east/

FirstOneThrough on Rudoren reporting nothing of Palestinian violence and Jewish history: http://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/reading-roduren-unrest-by-palestinians/

Paul Gherkin

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/firstonethrough/israels-freedom-of-the-press-new-york-times-nonsense/2014/10/12/

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