Friday, February 17, 2017

The Usage of Antisemitic Imagery at the New York Times - by Ira Stoll

...There are probably some other problems with the Times Beit El article that I’m not mentioning here, but I (and you, if you’re still with me), have already spent enough time on this particular tentacle of the octopus that is the New York Times coverage of Israel and the Jews.

Ira Stoll..
16 February '17..

The New York Times has an article about Beit El, a West Bank settlement that has been supported by David Friedman, who is President Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel.

“The yeshiva complex is a multitentacled enterprise,” the Times reports.

Tentacles? When the National Rifle Association’s magazine depicted Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York on its cover as an octopus, the Times described it in a headline as “an Anti-Semitic Symbol,” noting, accurately, that “the image has been used in anti-Semitic propaganda, from the Nazis to the modern Arab world.” Now it is the Times portraying religious Jews in Israel using the same negative imagery.

It’s a double standard. When American conservatives like the NRA use an octopus image in connection with a socially liberal Jew like Michael Bloomberg, the Times calls them out for it. But when it’s the Times itself using the octopus imagery against religious Jews in Israel, the paper’s journalists and editors can’t even detect that it’s a problem. It would have been simple to choose some more neutral and less fraught term — say, “multipronged” — but the Times doesn’t even bother.

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