Who’s in the ‘Times’ — and who’s out?

Israel/Palestine
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This is how you know we don’t live in a serious country.

The other day the New York Times put the Israel lobbyist/provocateur Michael Goldfarb on the front page in a profile that marveled at Goldfarb’s political achievements as a goodnatured “troublemaker”. These paragraphs capture reporter Jim Rutenberg’s tone: 

An all-around anti-liberal provocateur, Mr. Goldfarb has blazed a trail in the new era of campaign finance, in which loosened restrictions have flooded the political world with cash for a whole new array of organizations that operate outside the traditional bounds of the parties.

Often working with money from major Republican donors, most of whom have preferred anonymity, Mr. Goldfarb has been in the middle of nearly every major partisan dispute of Mr. Obama’s presidency — over Iran, Israel, terrorism policy and now Mr. Hagel and guns.

Etc.

Ali Gharib has taken this piece apart, pointing out that the Times made no real effort to track all the lies that Goldfarb has disseminated in order to push his agenda. 

It is precisely Goldfarb’s history of playing fast and loose with facts—a modus operandi on stark display in the Hagel flap, where Goldfarb and his colleagues threw whatever they could, no matter the merits, at Hagel just to see what’d stick—that makes him so dangerous for journalists. And so the kicker of Rutenberg’s story quotes BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith saying: “There’s something to be said for stabbing people in the front in a town where everybody goes around all day stabbing each other in the back.” One would think a fine journalist like Smith might note that there’s something to be said for not stabbing people at all on the basis of unfounded rumors, the worst kinds of innuendo, and outright lies. – See more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/25/michael-goldfarb-doesn-t-care-about-facts.html#sthash.3myOZFwR.dpuf
It is precisely Goldfarb’s history of playing fast and loose with facts—a modus operandi on stark display in the Hagel flap, where Goldfarb and his colleagues threw whatever they could, no matter the merits, at Hagel just to see what’d stick—that makes him so dangerous for journalists. And so the kicker of Rutenberg’s story quotes BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith saying: “There’s something to be said for stabbing people in the front in a town where everybody goes around all day stabbing each other in the back.” One would think a fine journalist like Smith might note that there’s something to be said for not stabbing people at all on the basis of unfounded rumors, the worst kinds of innuendo, and outright lies. – See more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/25/michael-goldfarb-doesn-t-care-about-facts.html#sthash.3myOZFwR.dpuf

Meantime, from As’ad Abu Khalil’s blog, Angry Arab, Feb. 20th:

I had a chance to ask John Mearsheimer yesterday at the University of Chicago about his experience since the publication of his article (with Stephen Walt) and later book about the Israeli lobby.  He permitted me to cite on the blog: he told me that he had published 11 op-ed pieces in the New York Times before the appearance of the article on the Israeli lobby.  Two of those were solicited by the Times. He said that after the appearance of the article [in 2006], he has not published one op-ed piece and the ones he sent were rejected.  He said that his speaking engagements went through a steep decline as a result.  But it was refreshing to see him not intimidated by the Israeli lobby that he wrote about.

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  1. Kathleen
    February 27, 2013, 10:53 am

    New York Times doing free advertising for Soda Stream too. They do mention the boycott “Last week, SodaStream — the Israel-based industry leader, which began sales in the United States in 2009 — reported that annual sales worldwide rose to $436.3 million in 2012, from $289 million in 2011. According to Yonah Lloyd, president of SodaStream International, the company sold about 3.5 million machines last year. Because of its nimble approach to manufacturing, SodaStream landed on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” list for 2013, alongside Apple and Google. (The company has also attracted unwanted attention, including a boycott, because some of its plants are in the West Bank.) ”

    link to nytimes.com

  2. seafoid
    February 27, 2013, 11:28 am

    “He said that after the appearance of the article [in 2006], he has not published one op-ed piece and the ones he sent were rejected. ”

    Wow. And then they say that to mention a Jewish lobby is defamation. It’s just like it always was when it comes to Israel. STFU everyone.

  3. Cliff
    February 27, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Times carrying the water for the Israel Lobby and Zionism. Fawning after right-wing Zionists.

    Typical and unsurprising.

  4. American
    February 27, 2013, 2:08 pm

    No surprise there…the NYT is 90% a zionist rag.

    • Kathleen
      February 27, 2013, 3:16 pm

      Judith “I was fucking right” Miller..yep the NY”bloody” Times printed all of her deadly garbage.

  5. pabelmont
    February 27, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Time to “BDS” the Times.
    Don’t advertise in it.
    Don’t buy it.
    Don’t pick up discarded copies on the suibway.
    Don’t even wrap fish in it.

    Refer to it only for the purpose of damaging it (with the truth of its malfeasance).

  6. ivri
    February 27, 2013, 7:20 pm

    Ya, let`s BDS them all. Everybody we don`t like. Long live peace and understanding.

    • Shingo
      February 28, 2013, 10:36 pm

      Long live peace and understanding

      From a cheerleader for apartheid, ethnic cleansing, racist supremacy andsssaxaring murder.

  7. Dagon
    February 27, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I was just reading about a mr. shuchman,who just passed away,and left a parting jab at his least favourite paper the ny times.aparently the rag was too unti israel for him.wow.

  8. chris o
    February 27, 2013, 11:22 pm

    Everyone here can decry the infuriating NY Times – I know I do it a lot – but there is a lot of good stuff there. And of all the mainstream media, including NPR and public television, they are probably the best in being fair. I still think they are heavily biased towards Israel, and tell the story from primarily a pro-Israeli perspective, but relative to the rest, I said relative to the rest, they are semi-respectable. Not that it’s necessarily worth much, but just ask the Lobby what they think of the NY Times!

    The Tijmes can talk about the 2-state solution being dead and some other taboo topics, if only on the Lede. But I guess Mearsheimer really touched a nerve. And so an important foreign policy academic is shut out.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 28, 2013, 12:50 am

      they are probably the best in being fair. I still think they are heavily biased towards Israel, and tell the story from primarily a pro-Israeli perspective, but relative to the rest, I said relative to the rest, they are semi-respectable. Not that it’s necessarily worth much

      you’re right about one thing anyway.

  9. Pamela Olson
    February 28, 2013, 12:39 am

    Prof. Mearsheimer is a saint. Career men and women with backbones and any measure of integrity are so rare these days.

    • mcohen
      February 28, 2013, 5:44 am

      “career men and women with backbones….

      pamela

      admittedly,these days, optional extras like backbones are rare,but frontbones are still quite common among the younger crowd.make no bones about it one has to pick ones bones very carefully.remember it is not always the donkey that gets you home ,but the rider

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