“It’s now a matter of record that ‘the newspaper of record,’ The New York Times, has an abiding anti-Israel bias,” says Andrea Levin, national president and executive director of CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. “Our new monograph, Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict; A July 1 – December 31, 2011 study, demonstrates beyond a doubt The Times’ skewing of Israeli-Palestinian news.”
It's a disproportionate, continuous and embedded indictment of Israel-dominated New York Times news and commentary during the six months covered by our new study,” Levin added. By a more than two-to-one ratio, the nearly 200 news articles and 20 opinion pieces reviewed across the six months, reflected an unprofessional slant, she said. "The Times employed a double standard that, in contradiction to underlying facts, tended to blame Israel and exculpate Palestinian Arabs for violence, incitement and diplomatic failure.”
“We sent copies of the monograph to the New York Times and later had a meeting with them to discuss our findings. Although we agreed on some points and disagreed on others, what’s really important is the objectivity and even-handedness of future coverage. Will they continue to push the Palestinian narrative and downplay Israel’s real concerns? Or will awareness of their tendencies to indict Israel lead to a much needed improvement? The proof will be in the print. Our campaign will continue until we see evidence of fair and accurate coverage on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”
In the monograph, CAMERA senior research analysts Gilead Ini and Ricki Hollander as co-authors, observed that “when The Times tilts as chronically as it does, readers can be deceived about the nature of the conflict. When other news media emulate the newspaper, the distortion is magnified.”
“The New York Times decision to minimize and obscure news of the Holocaust is well-known,” Hollander noted. “Its erroneous portrayal of anti-Jewish violence by African Americans in Crown Heights in 1991 and similar discounting of the anti-Israeli terrorism of the second intifada from 2000 to 2005 continued this pattern. Indicting Israel confirms that The Times still has a problem reporting news about Jews and the Jewish state. Our exposé will give readers the information they need to demand reform.”
How many out there think the New York Times will change their bias due to CAMERA pressure?
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