Fact checking is a very important part of responsible reporting. Unfortunately, too often this important role is overlooked. One of the worst offenders in shoddy reporting is the New York Times newspaper when it pertains to Israel. On June 8, 2016, the New York Times printed an article about a possible terrorist attack during a soccer championship and used the word “terror” or “terrorist” fourteen times. In the same edition, they wrote an article about a terrorist attack in Israel, but refused to use the word terror or terrorist or victims. Instead they refer to gunmen and wounded.
On January 16, 2016, the New York Times printed an article by Rick Gladstone where he speaks of “settlement construction in what most of the world considers illegally occupied Palestinian territories.” This is clearly skewed language and tries to paint Israel as breaking international law and depict the Palestinians as helpless victims.
On October 14, 2015, New York Times editor Jodi Rudorin wrote an article claiming that a Palestinian who was shot and killed by the Israeli army outside the Damascus gate was unarmed and that the knife in his hand was planted. Of course, she ignored the national live coverage by MSNBC which showed the terrorist, Basel Sider of Hebron, running with a raised knife toward a group of soldiers. Apparently Ms. Rudorin felt it was much more exciting to claim that the Israelis are murderers and perpetrators, rather than victims of actual attacks. Ms. Rudorin was subsequently fired after the media watch organization, CAMERA, protested with billboards around New York City.
This is the same newspaper which includes homicide bombers in the number of dead in their articles. Many Jewish families have discontinued their subscription to the Times due to their negative reporting of Israel, but there are a lot who continue to receive it, believing, as the old saying goes, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”