2018: A New York Times Line

At the start of 2018, The New York Times continued funding its ad campaign seeking to convince readers the newspaper is a reliable arbiter of "truth." A letter by the newspaper's new publisher, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, assured the public that "The Times will hold itself to the highest standards of independence, rigor and fairness." This followed a 2016 letter by its previous publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr, promising the same.

But the paper's handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict has long been seen as slanted against Israel — obsessed with perceived flaws of the Jewish state and eager to downplay the Palestinian role in perpetuating the ongoing conflict. That view is corroborated by detailed analysis.

Will 2018 bring fulfillment of New York Times promises, or more of the same? CAMERA's timeline keeps track of the newspaper's stumbles in its coverage of the conflict this year.

Dec. 7, 2017


New York Times claims an Egyptian intelligence officer told media figures not to condemn American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But audio of his phone calls makes clear the opposite is true. "Do you understand?" he told one media figure. "We will condemn without a doubt." (More…)

… also on Dec. 7


The New York Times describes Ramallah as a "dreary" town, after an Egyptian intelligence official suggests it might work as a Palestinian capital.

In previous New York Times reports, though, Ramallah was lauded as the "bustling," "sophisticated" "de facto capital" and "center of Palestinian government and cultural life," "home to music, dance and arts festivals," where "bars and café's are filled with laughter" — "a destination" for international tourists and Palestinians alike. (More…)

Dec. 13


Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas tells Muslim heads of state that Jews are expert at falsifying history and religion, and that God said as much in the Koran. The New York Times covers the speech — but ignores Abbas's anti-Semitism. (More…)


Jan. 9, 2018


In an article promising to tell readers "What is Unrwa," The New York Times fails to note the controversies that plague the UN organization. (More…)

Jan. 14


After the Palestinian president rewrites Jewish history, for example by absurdly claiming Jews preferred slaughter in the Holocaust over life in Palestine, the New York Times ignores much of what prompted observers to call the televised speech "outrageous," "unhinged," and "shameful" — and even repeats some of Abbas's falsehoods without challenge. (More…)

Jan. 19


The newspaper claims Kenneth Marcus, nominated for a position at the U.S. Education Department, has sided with Jews against "students of color," citing his support for a definition of anti-Semitism said to be embraced by Jews and opposed by Palestinians.

Unmentioned is that the definition has been endorsed by the State Department, and that a virtually identical one is used by the European Union.

Jan. 29


Although it ignored anti-Semitic language by the Palestinian prime minister a month earlier, the newspaper publishes a detailed piece about a nearly 10-year-old recording of the Israeli prime minister's wife losing her temper during a phone call.

Feb. 1


The New York Times tells readers that BDS acts against Israel "primarily in protest against its settlement and security practices in the West Bank" — but leaders of the self-proclaimed boycott "movement" make clear their motivation is much broader, with a series of demands that amount to a call for the elimination of the Jewish state, and have even admitted they desire a country where Jews are, by definition, a minority. (More…)

Feb. 8


Days after downplaying the extremism of anti-Israel BDS activists, the New York Times associates support for the U.S. decision to recognize Israel's capital in Jerusalem with "hard-line" Jews. But mainstream Jewish organizations support the idea, as does President Obama's former ambassador to Israel and, in 1995 and 2017, overwhelming bipartisan majorities in Congress. (More…)

Feb. 16


Only days after the New York Times reported about the Gaza Strip's financial struggles that "the heart of the crisis" and "its most immediate cause" is a infighting between the two largest Palestinian factions, Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party, the newspaper changed its tune, and opted to hide Abbas's role in the territory's "unraveling." (More…)

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