Friday, May 19, 2017

Surprise? NY Times Inaccurately Calls Jerusalem a ‘Divided City’- by Ira Stoll

...the Times news coverage isn’t supposed to be pushing political goals; it’s supposed to be reporting on reality. If the Times is going to start describing Jerusalem as a “divided city” then consistency would dictate that it should at least apply the same description to Washington, DC and to New York City, both of which are riven by geographic, demographic, and socio-economic divides as formidable as any in Israel’s capital.

Ira Stoll..
19 May '17..

The New York Times previewed President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem with a news article that inaccurately described the Israeli capital city as “divided.”

Here’s the full sentence that is the problem: “Some experts speculate that the new tension may make Mr. Trump more likely to fulfill an Israeli dream: having the United States move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, tacitly supporting Israel’s claim that the divided city is its eternal capital.”

The Times didn’t name these “experts” or explain why their speculation was worth passing along.

Worse is the Times description of Jerusalem as “the divided city.” That may be the Times claim, but it’s certainly not “Israel’s claim.”

Maybe the newspaper meant to write “undivided”?

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