Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Any surprise that what the NY Times tells us about Israel doesn’t square with reality? - by Ira Stoll

...It’s one thing to write about media bias, as I regularly do. It’s another thing to have seen, with my own eyes, fireworks going off overhead and youth dancing in the streets, and to have the New York Times then describe the thing as “muted,” “modest” and “small.” There are plenty of good reasons to visit Israel, but one of them is to get firsthand confirmation — as if any more were necessary — that what the New York Times tells us about the country just doesn’t square with reality.

Ira Stoll..
13 June '17..

The news columns of the New York Times marked the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War last week with a “memo from Jerusalem” by Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ian Fisher.

Its tone was pretty much summed up in its conclusion: “[L]ike most of the 1967 anniversary events, this one is expected to be modest, with little of the unconflicted triumphalism of the celebration of the nation’s founding, and little clue about what is next.”

The paper reported on a “muted feeling”: “Most events, too, are small and spread out: The reunification of Jerusalem, as Israelis consider it, seems safe enough to celebrate. The continuing occupation of the West Bank, much less so.”

The New York Times did not let readers in on the news of any 1967 anniversary events that were not “modest” or “small.”

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