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.
Print to Fit: The New York Times, Zionism and Israel 1896-2016 By Jerold S. Auerbach
Academic Studies Press, 2019 Print to Fit is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand the anatomy of biased journalism at one of the foremost media outlets – the so-called “newspaper of record.”
Times' Benjamin Mueller cites a brand-new, marginal, fringe group while completely ignoring the large, influential, mainstream organizations in order to bolster the baseless fantasy that "fierce debate"rages in Britain's Jewish community about Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis' rebuke of Corbyn.
The New York Times runs a front-page AFP photo of a projectile over Gaza City, identifying it as an "Israeli missile." The founder of Israel's missile defense program says the projectile resembles a Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli missile.
There is no better illustration of the prevailing political advocacy journalism than the recent coverage of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement about the current administration’s position on Israeli settlements.
In another example of how the newspaper covers up Palestinian responsibility for the conflict, Palestinian Islamic Jihad's terrorism is downplayed and presented as "resistance" to the "Israeli occupation."
In an article on the J Street conference, The Times twice reports that presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar declined to answer a question about U.S. aid to Israel. The "Paper of Record" concealed from readers that at one point in the interview the senator expressed strong support for continued aid: "I am so wedded right now to making sure we continue the aid."
While The Washington Post headline whitewashing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar" was particularly egregious given that ISIS is the world's most dangerous terror group, it is not unique. Other terrorists who received favorable media coverage include Brussels terrorist Mehdi Nammouche (pictured), convicted bomber Rasmeah Odeh, hijacker Leila Khaled and more.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was many things: leader of the terror group ISIS, serial rapist, slavery proponent, and a perpetrator of genocide. He was not, as The Washington Post's obituary would have it, an "austere, religious scholar."
In a pair of articles about the Jordan Valley, the New York Times echoed B'Tselem's false claim that Palestinians are unable to enter 85 percent of the region, and wrongly described the Palestinian village of Fasayil as sitting in Area C of the West Bank.