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The New York Times fails to fact-check Clinton’s propaganda on Gaza

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Hillary Clinton during a Democratic party debate before the New York primary.

During Thursday’s Democratic debate Bernie Sanders criticized the Israeli war in Gaza as disproportionate. Hillary Clinton responded with the standard excuse employed by Israel that the problem was that Hamas hides among civilians. Her claims about Gaza flatly contradict what human rights organizations have found, but so far the New York Times hasn’t reported on this.

‘NY Times’ has double standard for Arab and Jewish reporters

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New York Times headquarters.

Jodi Rudoren and Ethan Bronner, former NYT Jerusalem bureau chiefs, fall over one another trying to explain away the term “Zionist” when they’re asked whether they’d describe themselves that way. Meantime NYT’s Diaa Hadid gets the third degree over her phase of Palestinian activism.

Why Clinton’s Iraq decision matters

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Hillary Clinton speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. Photo:  Saul Loeb/Getty Images

The United States needed strong antiwar voices when George W. Bush pushed to go into Iraq. Then Senator Hillary Clinton was not such a leader; and it is a sign of the Democratic Party’s corruption that so many are willing to forgive her this mistake

‘Haaretz’ exposes ‘The New York Times’

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NY Times coverage of Israel is a travesty. At a time when Haaretz is publishing critiques of repression of Israeli dissidents and cut-offs of power to Palestinians under occupation, New York Times publishes story on the army asking veterans to return old military equipment, which they have kept because of “collective nostalgia.”

NYT Public Editor: It is impossible to accurately cover Sheldon Adelson without employing anti-Semitic stereotypes 

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Sheldon Adelson

The New York Times has decided that it cannot cover Sheldon Adelson’s involvement in American politics because doing so accurately would entail the use of classic anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish influence. The judgment was rendered by public editor Margaret Sullivan, who wrote in a April 1st goodbye note to readers: “We’d really like to cover the Republican candidates’ appeals for Adelson’s support, but we can’t do so because the reporting would inevitably bring up anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

Senior advisor to Clinton calls Obama’s rationale for withdrawal from Mideast ‘strange, bizarre, illogical, odd’

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Tamara Cofman Wittes, director Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Last night Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior adviser on the Middle East to Hillary Clinton, said that a statement President Obama made about the US withdrawing from the Middle East earlier this month was “strange… bizarre, illogical… odd” and reflected “inconsistency and incoherence.” Wittes spoke at Columbia University on a panel about Israel. She said: […]

The occupation of the American mind, documented

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The Occupation of the American Mind, poster

The new documentary “The Occupation of the American Mind,” narrated by Roger Waters, asks when US public opinion will shift on Israeli treatment of Palestinians and what it will take for the media to shift from reflexive pro-Israel reports.

The Israeli military should be grateful for the New York Times

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The New York Times report on the murder of Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron by an Israeli soldier is told almost completely from the point-of-view of the Israeli military and government officials. Abir Kopty asks, “I wonder when the New York Times will dare to realize that it’s an Israeli military occupation, and Israeli soldiers are not victims.”