Dr. Leff’s information on Sulzberger is chilling. Here are a few examples I included in the Wiki article: “Sulzberger took over the running of the New York Times on Ochs’ death in 1935. He adopted a policy against printing any letters on the persecution of Jews in Germany, claiming that if he published letters decrying persecution, he would have to in fairness also publish letters in favor, so, he explained, “many valuable contributions attacking anti-Semitism have been excluded from these columns.”
Sulzberger was incensed when Roosevelt used the term “Jewish race” in a statement on the refugee problem. The Times publisher wrote there was “no common denominator” between the “poor unfortunate Jews now being driven around what was recently Poland….and myself.” “In Poland this Jew is a part of a recognized minority. … I, fortunately, (am) in no such category.” Sulzberger explained “after a great deal of effort” he had purged the Times of such terminology – that is, the word Jew.
In June of 1942, he wrote: “As far as I am concerned, if a Jew were to become a Christian Scientist, he would cease being a Jew…I am quite prepared to admit however, that …Hitler, in particular, has made this transition difficult.”
After visiting the death camps in Europe in 1945, Sulzberger gave an address to a Reform temple stating that there was an overemphasis on Jewish refugees, who were after all, only a minority of the victims. He criticized Jews who tried to focus world interest on the problem of Jewish survivors, still in camps in Europe, “instead of using their great moral strength to plead the cause of all displaced persons.”
I only found one controversial opinion on this topic, articulated by Harvard University Professor Ruth Wisse, who sees the New York Times repeating the same mistakes of the 1930s, as it buries news of Arab neo-Nazi motives and agendas:
• Seventy-five years ago anti-Semitism found its home on the European right. Today it’s more likely to be found among intellectuals of the Left who, Prof. Wisse argues, suffer from a “massive intellectual resistance to acknowledging the threat.” … The Times missed the way Adolf Hitler’s abuse of the Jews signaled a broader danger to the democratic freedoms and civil liberties of everyone, and set in stark relief Hitler’s ambition to dominate the world. Prof. Wisse accuses the Times of a similar blindness today, when embarrassment over Jewish causes governs the newspaper’s coverage of the Middle East, and the paper fails to report “in copious detail on the unmistakable signs of growing Arab extremism that erupted with spectacular force in the attacks on America of September 11.”
I decided not to include the Wisse quote. Intelligent readers could draw their own parallels to present day New York Time’s coverage of the Islamists’ neo-Nazi war against Israel.
So you won’t find the Ruth Wisse analysis in Wikipedia. Yet, perhaps her comments shed light on what follows — for you will not find the rest of the information either.
Do not bother to go to Wiki to read my entire article. It is not there. It has been removed and a short, inaccurate and polemical “stub” (Wiki jargon for treatment accorded to trivial topics) has been put in its place. The information on Sulzberger that I added to the Sulzberger bio has been entirely removed.
The section I added to the New York Times page was also removed. You can find a few sentences buried at the end of the article under a general sub-heading, “Controversy and Criticism,” next to such scandals as junior journalist Jayson Blair’s plagiarism in 2003. Wikipedia has buried the news of the New York Times burying the news of the Holocaust. History repeats itself without shame.
How did this happen? My initial post on the New York Times page attracted the attention of three hostile editors. They claimed I was a liar, the topic trivial, and that the Times had “dropped the ball only a little.” They outnumbered me. Playing the Wiki system, they had me banned from the page while they removed the original article and substituted a few inaccurate paragraphs. They blocked the fact the Times had famously apologized in their 100 and 150th anniversary additions. They blocked references to Dr. Leff’s full length book. They blocked quotes from the founding directors of the Holocaust Museum, Michael Berenbaum; the Wyman Center for Holocaust studies, Rafi Medoff; Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Marvin Kalb; and they blocked A. M. Rosenthal, managing editor of the Times from 1962-78 and executive editor until 1988. They blocked all mention of Sulzberger, and all the details and numbers that give the topic its impact by making it meaningful. In short, they bury the news of the New York Times burying the news, much as the Times did it years ago.
Wiki now informs the public that “according to two authors… The New York Times coverage of the Holocaust … was not as prominent as it should have been. … Deborah Lipstadt alleged the paper was particularly responsible for the press not giving adequate coverage to the Holocaust.”
Although all contributions are anonymous, you can learn something about fellow editors by clicking on their name, which leads you to a page that lists all their Wiki contributions. Their leader, whose user-name on Wiki is “bali ultimate,” announced his special interest was the Obama election. He was active in removing any criticism of the New York Times. The only article he seems to written was on the Times of Jordan. He had made thousands of edits in wiki and boasted that he liked to “correct” other people’s work. He broke many rules with his lack of references and savage personal attacks on other editors, but got a free pass from the administrators, for reasons not obvious from the outside.
Wiki powers-that-be (it’s not clear who they are, as that is anonymous as well) banned me from contributing to the article without the permission (‘consensus’ in wiki-speak) of the three hostile editors. I played the game on the discussion page, but all that came out of it was something obvious: it is an abusive experience to be told you need consensus from anti-Semites on facts about the Holocaust.
Finally I decided to turn to the Wiki “administrators” and ask that bali and his two sidekicks be banned from the topic for refusing to participate in consensus. Not one of their assertions were referenced, a cardinal Wiki rule. They were insulting to other editors, another Wiki rule broken. They had deleted an entire article, breaking the rule against ‘vandalism.’
I went to the help page to ask for feedback on my proposed complaint. Asking how to frame the problem, I characterized bali ultimate as a “functional Holocaust denier.” I explained that although this was a small Petri dish, the germ was the same. He and his cohorts were denying this one small piece of Holocaust history: they had argued that the topic was a lie, was trivial, that the experts are just expressing an opinion, official acknowledgements mean nothing, the facts are merely ‘alleged,’ and the entire topic should be deleted.
Bali ultimate had been stalking me. He preemptively reported to the administrators that I called him a Holocaust denier. He declared himself ‘livid’ (whining he faced similar accusations in the past). Perhaps there is a special rule that one may not use the term Holocaust denial, even in a question.
I was immediately banned – within minutes – from Wikipedia for criticizing bali, without the chance to defend myself. The administrators refused to review what had been going on with the article over the course of six months. I was directed to apologize. I decided instead to write this article.
Wiki has an Israel problem. Wiki has a Jewish problem. Wiki has a kangaroo court problem. Wiki reaches hundreds of millions of people with misinformation about Jews and Israel. We have a problem.
Karin McQuillan is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, psychotherapist and author, specializing in Africa and the Middle East.