The New York Times, one of the most influential newspapers in the world, not only influences its readers but also has significant impact on the news judgment and editorial perspective of other media. The caliber of accuracy, balance and thoroughness in this publication are therefore of particular importance.
The New York Times continues to eschew objectivity and employ a double standard in its coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Our six-month study of the newspaper's coverage details how the newspaper treats Israel with a harsher standard, omits context, and shows a clear preference for the Palestinian narrative.
While coming from different starting points, two journalistic misdeeds— drawing a false moral equivalency and applying a double standard — end up with the same reprehensible result: minimizing and obscuring Palestinian terrorism. Coverage of the deadly Palestinian terror attack outside a Jerusalem synagogue versus a fatal Israeli arrest raid in Jenin provide a case in point.
The new Israeli government plans fundamental legal reforms to fix perceived vast overreach by the Supreme Court and the legal system. Critics charge the reforms foreshadow the demise of democracy. But would the reforms actually move Israel closer to the system in other parliamentary democracies?
The NYT recently published its10th article taking aim at Hasidic schools since September, in addition to a lengthy editorial and other features accusing that community of wrongdoing. CAMERA points out the cognitive biases and lack of evidence that mar the report, as well as the risk of fueling grievances against a community that is increasingly targeted with antisemitic assaults.
New York Times reporter Raja Abdulrahim has a long history of anti-Israel propaganda, and her latest article adds to the toll of distortions. She and her co-author charge that the IDF "never" refers to Palestinians injured or killed in military actions as civilians. But multiple examples prove Abdulrahim is once again, at best, wrong.
Despite touting her scholarship and research, guest essayist Yara Asi provided nothing more than a clichéd menu of agitprop, devoid of both scholarship and research. It was the sort that's generally served up by the least sophisticated of anti-Israel propagandists.
UPDATE: CAMERA prompts an Editor's Note after The New York Times falsely reported that Gaza's fishing industry is collapsing under the Israeli blockade, ignoring official Palestinian data showing that the catch has more than doubled in the last 15 years.
Several hours after Tiran Fero's family reported that Palestinian gunmen killed the Israeli Druze high schooler by unhooking his ventilator in a Jenin hospital, leading media outlets continued to ignore their account. And then CAMERA stepped in.