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.
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.
The promotion of Julie Salamon’s new book – and subsequent media attention – about the 1985 Palestinian terrorist killing of Jewish American Leon Klinghoffer aboard a cruise ship – have served to mislead the public.
CAMERA prompts improved after AP incorrectly reported that Facebook suspended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's account for a post saying "Arabs want to annihilate us." A New York Times Op-Ed by Raja Shehadeh also errs.
After a senior New York Times editor had mocked and engaged in antisemitism prior to his tenure at the Times, the paper said it is "reviewing next steps." CAMERA explores what those next steps might be, based on how the paper has handled similar controversies, and how it has handled Jewish concerns.