Judi Rudoren continues to hold her ground against the right-wing onslaught against her for tweeting Mondoweiss and Ali Abunimah, as well as recommending Peter Beinart’s new book (these are really the charges?). The Washington Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo interviews her and begins in the most (appropriately) McCarthyite way possible:
The New York Times’ incoming Jerusalem bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, won’t say if she is a Zionist.
“I’m going to punt on that question,” Rudoren, who is Jewish, told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview yesterday. “I’m not really interested in labels about who I am and what I think.”
On the issue of her journalistic objectivity, Rudoren said her tweets do not reveal an innate bias against Israel.
“People can say whatever they want. I think my fairness is what I have,” Rudoren said. “You’ve just written something very critical of me and now I’m talking to you. I’m going to talk to all kinds of people.”
Late yesterday, Rudoren promoted a message from a Twitter user whose profile reads: “I dabble in the art of Zionist-busting.” The tweet linked to a website called, Palestine: Love in the Time of Apartheid.
“I don’t have an assessment yet,” she said. “I’m not sure I’ll ever answer that question in the way you’ve just framed it.”
Rudoren replies to the Kredo piece over Twitter:
Folks: What I told @freebeacon re whether I’m a Zionist was simple: the only “ist” I use to describe self is “journalist.”
— Jodi Rudoren (@rudoren) February 16, 2012