Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lies, Fabrications and Half Truths: NY Times Op-Ed Bulldozes Journalism

...It is entirely legitimate to criticize Israel, its laws and its practices. However, if one must lie in order to do so, then the New York Times has a professional obligation to either reject the op-ed, or to disclose the factual shortcomings to its readers.

Daniel Pomerantz..
Honest Reporting..
12 February '17..

In his New York Times op-ed “Israel Bulldozes Democracy,” Israeli Arab MK Aymon Odeh presents a wide range of incorrect “facts,” and even some blatant lies.

By printing incorrect information without context, disclosure or refutation, The New York Times bulldozes journalistic ethics, and for that matter, truth itself. Or to put it in the famous words of the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

Odeh begins his essay with an utterly irrelevant reference to President Trump which includes evocative phrases like “hate and fear.” Regardless of one’s emotions toward the new US President, the reference has absolutely nothing to do with Israel. It is a cheap ploy to gain the sympathy of those New York Times readers who are anti-Trump, as is the newspaper itself.

From that incongruous starting point, the New York Times op-ed launches into a laundry list of lies, fabrications and half truths.

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