The New York Times: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

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On Sept 21, 2011, Palestinian Arabs threw rocks at a car driven by an Israeli in Samaria, and one of those rocks hit a 20-month-old passenger in the face causing a gruesome injury. Photos of the injured infant showed her clutching her mom as blood streamed from a huge gash in her tiny face.[1] A more serious incident occurred three days later on September 25 when a car driven by 25-year-old Asher Palmer in Judea was hit by rocks thrown by the usual culprits and one of these rocks hit him flush in the face, causing him to lose control of the car. Both he and his one-year-old infant son died in that terror attack.[2] Both of these terrorist incidents were not reported by the New York Times.

On October 3, 2011, a mosque in northern Israel was set on fire. Graffiti at the scene indicated that the perpetrators of this act of hooliganism were Jews who sought revenge for the murder of Asher Palmer and his son. The arson was prominently featured in the front page of the New York Times online edition, along with a talkback section, a feature normally reserved for controversial or newsworthy items.[3]

While the burning of a mosque is abhorrent (as is any hate crime), it is rather strange that the New York Times chose to cover an act vandalism resulting in the destruction of brick and plywood while completely ignoring acts of murder and assault. What is even more astounding is that it took an odious act, ostensibly committed by Jews, to highlight the horrific stoning that resulted in the murder of Asher Palmer and his infant son.

Had this been an isolated incident, I would have chalked the disparate treatment up to shoddy journalism rather than something more nefarious. Unfortunately, this skewed reporting is far from isolated and glaringly reveals the New York Times’ hypocritical and somewhat detestable dark side.  The following examples represent but a fraction of recent, notable, newsworthy incidents that have gone unreported by the New York Times.

On September 14, 2011, in a revealing interview with The Daily Caller, Palestinian envoy to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat, reportedly told his interviewer that a future Palestinian state would be Jew free or Judenrein as the Nazis liked to say.  In an interview with The Weekly Standard, when asked whether homosexuals would be tolerated in a newly formed Palestinian state, Areikat extended his apartheid-like comments to gays stating, “Ah, this is an issue that’s beyond my [authority].”[4]

On September 23, 2011, a senior Fatah Central Committee member, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, made one of the most damning admissions ever by any ranking Fatah member concerning the Palestinian strategy of supplanting the Jewish state in stages. Referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama as “scumbags,” Abbas Zaki advocated Israel’s withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines and followed-up by stating, “Everybody knows that the greater goal [of conquering Israel] cannot be accomplished in one go.” He further noted that reaching the “greater goal” would be impossible initially, and that revealing it would not be smart:“If we say that we want to wipe Israel out… C’mon, it’s too difficult. It’s not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world,” he warned. “Keep it to yourself.”[5]

In an interview with CNN, the radical Islamist leader of Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, echoed the comments of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stating that Israel was obsessed with the Holocaust and used it to perpetuate the idea that “they are victims all the time.” He further accused Israel of killing “hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.”[6]

Anti-Semitic propaganda of this nature is routinely spewed forth by the hodgepodge of Middle East rejectionist entities and rarely makes headlines. We have unfortunately become numb to such lunacy. But when it comes from the leader of a major NATO member and prospective EU candidate, it is certainly newsworthy and should have at least merited cursory coverage given the way New York Times columnists like Anthony Shadid and Roger Cohen slavishly fawn over Erdogan’s every word.

On February 11, 2011, veteran CBS war correspondent Lara Logan sustained a brutal sexual assault in Cairo’s Tahrir Square at the hands of some 200 Egyptian “democracy” protestors. The assailants yelled, “Yahud” (Jew) and “Israeli” while assaulting her.[7] The New York Times reported the attack but failed to note the blood-curdling, anti-Semitic shrieking that accompanied it.

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  • mrbean

    The New York Times should not be used as toilet paper in farm outhouses as it cannot meet even meet minimum standards for this. You see it already has massive amounts of sh*&t printed almost everywhere in it.

  • Roland

    The N.Y. Times:All the s### that's news to print ." and "all the news thats s### to print. The Times has long since lost its credibility as an unbiased news source. The luster is gone. Sorry, Mr. Ochs.

  • StephenD

    Why oh why do we insist on lambasting these poor folks that wish only for harmony. So what that to get it means the destruction of an entire people! Israel is all that stands in the way of real peace in the Middle East. With her removed and America punished for supporting her all these years, there can be peace. Of course, after Israel is gone the greater focus can be put on the West. Once Islam is all there is across the world, why then there can be peace! What brand of Islam you ask? Why, the predominant one of course! The one that subjugates all the others because that would be Allahs will. Oh, life will be so much more for you then! Now, get in line to pay your jizya tax!! (for your protection of course)

  • MethanP

    I had a # of comments.After reading the othes, I find nothing to add.

  • john in cheshire

    Why is hatred regarded as a crime. I don't believe that hatred per se is a bad thing, when the object of hatred is evil. islam is evil and many imams, ayatollahs and mullahs in that godforsaken religion are evil. I believe that socialism is evil and the purveyors of socialist dogma. These are worthy of hatred. It's noteworthy, in my mind, that it was socialists who enacted such artificial crimes as 'hate-crime'. This is a transference of their own contaminated version of truth onto their enemies; normal people; and they should look to themselves, and their muslim cohorts, for the real basis for evil.

  • Nils Benamo

    When I want in-depth news coverage news about the United States, I turn to any of a number of U.S.-based sources. These might include the N.Y. Times, the L.A. Times, the Washington Times, the Washington Post.

    For coverage of Britain, British sources almost always do a better job than others, so I might turn to The Telegraph, The Guardian, or The Independent.

    For Israeli news, I turn to the Jerusalem Post (http://www.JPost.com), HaAretz (http://www.haaretz.com), Ynet (http://www.Ynet.com), among other sources.

    A reporter reporting on events in his own country, his own city, his own neighborhood, will usually have far better and faster access to news sources than a foreign reporter. He knows where to go, who to ask. In most cases, the local reporter understands the local context and local history far better than the visitor.

    For American reaction to Israeli news, I turn to U.S. sources, but for the facts of the Israeli news event itself and for an interpretation outside of the arena of U.S. presidential politics, I prefer the Israeli press.