‘Adbusters’ goes after NYT’s pro-Israel bias

Israel/Palestine
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Have we started a mini-earthquake that’s headed straight for the Grey Lady’s department of propaganda? Adbusters ran my piece critiquing Bronner and Kershner’s pro-Israel bias (also in print, Aug/Sept. issue): 

In June of 2010, a year and a half after the Israeli military launched what a United Nations investigation described as “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population,” the New York Times sent a photographer into Gaza to capture a slice of daily life. Ethan Bronner, the Times Jerusalem bureau chief, wrote the narrative for the photo essay entitled “Gaza, Through Fresh Eyes,” in which he gushes about “jazzy cellphone stores and pricey restaurants … endless beaches with children whooping it up … the staggering quality of the very ordinary.”…

The impression left by Bronner? Gaza is an OK place; nothing remarkable to see there, least of all evidence of Israeli war crimes; move along, move along.

Kudos to Adbusters for the concluding call to action––jump on this, folks!

Send a letter to the times letters editor thomas feyer at [email protected] or tweet him @tomfeyer.

This piece was inspired by several past critiques of the NYT, here here here and here - we are having an influence.

4 Responses

  1. Les
    August 31, 2011, 1:17 pm

    That’s good news. Maybe they were inspired by:

    ‘Brand Israel’ has failed — says adman GaryWexler

    link to mondoweiss.net

  2. Exiled At Home
    August 31, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Hmmm. I’m not sure that Palestinians appreciate the effusive of sympathy, regarding them as a broken people…

    link to electronicintifada.net

    From the article:

    Until the headlines stop focusing on just the devastation and systematic oppression perpetuated by the Israeli occupation and start recognizing or at least acknowledging Gaza’s audacity to become what the occupation is designed to prevent it from becoming, the population of the Gaza Strip will continue to harbor feelings of discontent towards foreign journalism and justifiably so.

  3. MRW
    August 31, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Good piece, Matthew.

  4. piotr
    August 31, 2011, 11:47 pm

    I think it is important to present various facets of life in a balanced manner, as in the immortal Storage Jars episode.

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