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‘TimesWarp’ tries to keep the ‘Times’ honest

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Longtime journalist Barbara Erickson’s site criticizing New York Times stories for their pro-Israel bias has been up for less than a year but is gaining a reputation for clarity and insight. TimesWarp presents evidence that the NYT is Israel-centric in its coverage.

‘The Hill’ is to the left of the ‘New York Review of Books’

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When was the last time The New York Review of Books ran a piece by a Palestinian? Lots of Israeli writers, including lately Assaf Sharon, who ignores the BDS movement and advocates for democracy in Israel and Palestine, when saying the Israel’s choice is between the extreme right and the two-state solution. An inherently conservative piece. The Hill actually tries to publish Palestinian opinion

Joan Rivers’s Palestinian finale

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Joan Rivers is being remembered for crossing lines others respected. Sadly, her finale during the Gaza massacre of this summer were rants against Palestinians that political people are not likely to forget.

Yale Protestant chaplain says Americans must curb Israel so as to curb anti-Semitism

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Everyone is talking about this. Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed by Deborah Lipstadt saying that anti-Semitism is returning to Europe in ways reminiscent of the Nazi era, in which Lipstadt blurred the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, citing protests of Israel’s slaughter in Gaza. Well, the Times has now run a

Leading Jewish organization celebrates Israeli settlement products

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Adam sent me this photo today from a doctor’s waiting room. The article is all about wine from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. At least one of the vineyards is in the West Bank, in the illegal settlement of Psagot (and others vaguely alluded to are in the Golan); but the article doesn’t refer to

‘NYT’ journey to Israel/Palestine to be led by Israeli ‘expert’ who called on countrymen to ‘kill and kill’ Palestinians

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Over the last two months, as Israel first cracked down on the West Bank and then launched a massive attack decimating the Gaza Strip, The New York Times has come under repeated and justified criticism, notwithstanding some occasional good reporting from Gaza. That criticism has focused on The Times bias and double standards, downplaying of Israeli attacks, and tendency

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

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Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jascik today reports a disturbing development in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Phyllis Wise, the university’s chancellor, was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on twitter about Gaza. The school’s fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with

NY Times describes Israel’s June rampage in the West Bank as a “clampdown”

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Today’s New York Times article by Isabel Kershner about the (now aborted) extension of the cease fire in Gaza offers a brief history of the recent events, including this line: An Israeli clampdown in the West Bank during the search for the [three Israeli] teenagers prompted increased rocket fire from Gaza and an escalation that

More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times

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Orientalism is more cunning and subtle than just simple prejudice against Arabs and Muslims.  The other day, the New York Times offered another nice specimen of Orientalist technique. A “news analysis” by Steven Erlanger included the following paragraph: “Unlike Fatah, Hamas claims the whole of the British mandate of Palestine as land granted by Allah,

Embedded deception in the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s onslaught

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In the Middle East, people used to say “the BBC says” to adduce truth to their claims. Those days are now gone. For the majority of people in the Middle East, the BBC is now seen as parroting the official Israeli narrative in their conflict with the Palestinians. The BBC’s reporting style, the structure of the

The Greenhouse propaganda—How Gazan history is being rewritten to dehumanize Palestinians

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Erase memory and you wash away the blood from the perpetrator’s hands, you undo the done deed, make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with immunity—Miraslov Volf In recent weeks, as Israeli bombs and artillery have slammed into the tiny strip of land that is home to nearly

Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over ‘the Arabs’ owning New York hotel

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Let me offer a ridiculous fantasy.  The NY Times hires an Arab-American as its Jerusalem Bureau Chief.  The reporter’s spouse produces and publicly posts a video in which the reporter is seen having a personal, non-professional meal with a high official of a prominent Arab-American organization, an individual who has repeatedly expressed strong pro-Palestinian, even

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren dropped as CNN ‘analyst’

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CNN has changed former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s title from “analyst” to “ambassador” when he appears as a guest on the network. Sources knowledgable of the situation told me that the move comes after internal dissent within CNN that Oren’s classification as an “analyst” was not suitable. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery confirmed

Bob Schieffer in a ‘world gone mad’

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Bob Schieffer has been gravely misunderstood and misquoted by Palestinians and their sympathizers when in actual fact the ones he maligned were the Israelis: If you listen carefully to the man you will find him concise and to the point, delivering his message clearly in the best of CBS sound-bite traditions. Here is the main

Video: Mark Regev, deciphered

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This is good. The video above was created by Alex Nunns, who subtitled a BBC interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev. The interview follows the Israeli bombing of an UN school in Beit Hanoun that killed at least 16 Palestinians

New York Times silences Israel’s Palestinian citizens on Gaza war

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There are many significant and systematic problems with The New York Times reporting on Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. These include The Times’ willingness to grant legitimacy to the Israeli military’s incredible claims that first it did not shell an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun where 16 Palestinians were killed by a shell, and then todaythat it did actually shell

9 things the American media isn’t telling you about Israel/Palestine

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Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which began on July 8, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently skewered the media for placing more weight on the lives of Israelis over Palestinians.

NY Times reports source of UNRWA school attack is unclear even though Israel said they did it

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The New York Times‘ Ben Hubbard and Jodi Rudoren report on yesterday’s attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza that killed at least 15 people. They write: The source of the blasts was unclear, setting off recriminations between Israelis and Palestinians over which side was responsible. People in the school reported three to five blasts and accused

How Israel militarized social media

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Is Israel losing the media war?  In the last few days, as Israel continues its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian death tolls continues to mount, this question has consumed the global media.  And most have agreed: in the age of social media, with abundant mobile technologies in the hands of Gaza Palestinians

‘Telegenically Dead': Israel’s crumbling media war

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Israeli propaganda has hit a new low. While the world was still trying to come to terms with the mass deaths in Shuja’iyeh, Benjamin Netanyahu went on CNN to state that Hamas uses the “telegenically dead” to further “their cause.” He added that for Hamas: “The more the dead, the better.” Even while Netanyahu followed