Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The truth, apparently, is not "fit to print" at the New York Times...


So Richard Goldstone, he of the hateful, biased, antisemitic, UN-financed "Goldstone Report" - claiming Israel deliberately and with full intent targeted civilians in the last Gaza War - decided he wanted to recant and withdraw his report, finally realizing that he was hoodwinked into producing a blood libel. His belated "Whoops! Sorry about falsely accusing you of genocide" piece was printed on Friday in the Washington Post.

But I note that Johnathan Tobin at Contentions is reporting that the story was apparently either offered first, or simultaneously, to the New York Times. Apparently, the Times flatly rejected the opportunity to produce this shocking and relevant confession that indeed, Israel may not be the monster that most of the world make it out to be.

Via Ynet:

The editor gave no explanation as to why the article was rejected, but the source believes this was due to the newspaper's political agenda. The New York Times said in response that they do not comment on the editorial or reporting process.

In recent years the New York Times adopted a highly critical line of reporting towards Israel. Lately, its senior commentator Thomas Friedman has been publishing extremely aggressive articles against Israel and its current government.

How far the New York Times has fallen from its original, lofty goals:

It will be my earnest aim that The New York Times give the news, all the news, in concise and attractive form, in language that is permissible in good society, and give it as early if not earlier, than it can be learned through any other reliable medium; to give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interest involved; to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.

-- Adoph Ochs, Owner- Publisher / New York Times August 18, 1896

This seems more to the current liking of Adolph's great-grandson and current publisher, Arthur Ochs "Pinch" Sulzberger:

All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. we can vulgarize that society. We can brutalize it.....

--William Bernbach, of DDB Needham Worldwide, 1989

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