And Iran wants peace. And Pigs can fly. And there is a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.
This weekend, The New York Times headline ran yet another feature story headlined: “Netanyahu Takes A Lonely Stance Denouncing Iran,” and simply it was a case of The New York Times attacking Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jewish texts. The New York Times regularly and often is biased against Israel.
Israel simply does not get a fair shake in the NYT —- and it is an unfortunate fact, as many commentators and newspapers have noted. As CEO of a leading PR Agency, it is quite disturbing – but some quotes worth sharing:
- “The Times presents criticism of Israel more than twice as often as it criticizes the Palestinians. Of 275 passages in the news pages classified as criticism, 187 were critical of Israel while 88 criticized the Palestinians.” Camera.org
- “The New York Times and their columnists have a bias against Israel and its government.” JPost.com
- “The two main enemies facing Israel are The New York Times and Israeli newspaper Haaretz.” “They set the agenda for an anti-Israel campaign all over the world. Journalists read these publications every morning and base their news stories … on what they read in the New York Times and Haaretz.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- “One of the principal long-term contributing factors to the erosion of liberal support can be attributed to increasingly vitriolic hostility towards Israel displayed in the pages of The New York Times. This trend climaxed with the election of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who has been subjected to a constant and unprecedented barrage of fierce personal and political condemnations from its editorials and leading columnists.” Isi Leibler
- “When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, perhaps no newspaper’s coverage generates more passionate and emotional reaction from the Jewish community in America and around the world than that of the New York Times.” Abraham Foxman
- “Twelve [New York Times] headlines mentioned Palestinian fatalities in the conflict, while none explicitly mentioned Israeli deaths, even though 14 Israelis were killed during the study period.” Camera.org
- “Israeli actions frequently were cited [in the New York Times] as obstacles to peace, but the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to recognize a Jewish state was never described as an obstacle.” Camera.org
- “The brouhaha over the recent New York Times column by journalist Thomas Friedman highlights the newspaper’s increasing hostility against Israel. Today, it would not be an exaggeration to state that the editorial policy of The New York Times towards the Jewish State is virtually indistinguishable from the blatant anti-Israel hostility promoted by the UK-based Guardian or the BBC.” Isi Leibler
- “On the [New York Times’] opinion pages, editorials consistently blamed Israel for the Palestinian-Israel conflict. Of 20 editorials, columns, and Op-Eds cited by CAMERA, 15 predominantly criticized Israel and none predominantly criticized the Palestinians.” Camera.org
- “Many in Israel and in the pro-Israel community have long since given up hoping for fair coverage of Israel in the New York Times.” CommentaryMagazine.com
- “[T]here has long been a tendency among some Jewish American media leaders to downplay their own Jewishness, as if being a Jew connoted no racial aspect, any more than being a Presbyterian does, and to urge upon Israel an endless turning of the other cheek. The New York Times should not be unduly singled out, but as the country’s most influential newspaper, in the hands of the Ochs-Sulzberger families for over 115 years, it is conspicuous and it has been consistent.” Conrad Black
Clearly, all the news that’s fit to print… at least if it’s against Israel.
Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR.