‘New York Times’ blows the Netanyahu-Obama story. Why?

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Reuters got the story; it's all about Obama insisting on the two-state solution. Huffpo got this. So did French TV. So did the Washington Post.

But The New York Times blew the story. "OBama Tells Netanyahu He Has an Iran Timetable." The first few paragraphs were chiefly about Netanyahu and Obama agreeing that Iran must be taken on. Why did "The Times" make the story talking points for the rightwing? Why didn't it use this opportunity to galvanize the support for a progressive president taking on a rightwing foreign leader?

David Bromwich seizes on the same story.

6 Responses

  1. dalybean
    May 19, 2009, 2:53 pm

    Um, maybe they are looking for a Zionist angel to prop up their finances?

  2. Grumpy Old Man
    May 19, 2009, 3:40 pm

    Well, the official story is that they are supposed to use news judgment, not follow a policial agenda. The real news is, there was no meeting of the minds. Netanyahu preached and prevaricated, and Obama, for the moment, shined him on. No point in fighting that battle before its time.

  3. RichardWitty
    May 19, 2009, 4:08 pm

    Compared to many of your headlines, that one by the times is informative.

  4. LeaNder22
    May 19, 2009, 4:11 pm

    ""Obama Tells Netanyahu He Has an Iran Timetable." Yes, you can read it like that, if you belong to the Jeffrey-Goldberg-camp you must read it like that. How could you give these Nazis more than a couple of month after all these years? Another interpretation is based on hope, that he is using a stalling technqiue like the Israelis themselves. We'll assess our talks towards the end of the year. That leaves open a slot for: we are making progress, but there are still a lot of specifics. … the audacity of hope… The humiliation that this time limit approach represents, is only a obstructive tool anyway. The Iranians have to be humiliated so they refuse to cooperate. They must have the impression Israel pulls stings behind the scene. There shall not be an agreement between Iran and the US. Period. This seems the top standard in the tool box. I am sure there is a study about Arabian and Persian "pride", and how to do the best to humiliate them. Maybe someone could find something there. ******************************************************** What does our headline complainer think about this one? Hitting the nail? Good to send the Iranians this message, otherwise they take it too easy?

  5. Jacqueline_Hyde
    May 19, 2009, 4:51 pm

    Did anyone else notice dailykos didn't say a word on the subject?

  6. LeaNder22
    May 19, 2009, 4:56 pm

    Interesting message support by the chosen photograph. Netanyahu talks, Obama listens. what is swallowing the link again? ” target=”_blank”>http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/world/middleeas…

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