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

Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz on
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’

Philip Weiss on
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

Abba Solomon on
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

Abir Kopty on
(Screenshot: B'Tselem/YouTube)

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.”

Goldberg on Obama’s Syria credibility ‘crisis’

Annie Robbins on
Screenshot: "The Day Obama Broke With the Washington Playbook" narrated by Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg drives the neoconservative story, in an interview with President Obama in which he repeatedly suggests that the president lost his foreign policy credibility when he failed to attack Syria in 2013.

‘New York Times’ whitewashes poll showing Israeli support for expelling Palestinians

James Zogby on
New York Times headquarters.

Isabel Kershner’s New York Times report on the Pew Research Center’s poll of Israeli public opinion was a transparent effort to combine straight reporting with tortured apologia. Kershner’s handling of one of the poll’s more disturbing findings, that “nearly half of Israeli Jews said that Arabs should be expelled of transferred from Israel,” shows how the Times sows doubt or confusion among readers so as to soften the blow of facts that are damaging to Israel.

Rubio’s defeat means the downfall of neoconservatives

Philip Weiss on
Saban and Clinton, on an earlier occasion

Neoconservatives were the big losers in Marco Rubio’s defeat. Chris Matthews speaks openly of them as Jewish supporters of Israel, because their power has been eclipsed. Hillary Clinton is sure to make a play for their support. She already has Robert Kagan.

What Bernie Sanders should say at AIPAC (and cause a political revolution)

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders at a rally in Los Angeles, October 14, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Bernie Sanders should speak at AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, next week, and he should give “the Jewish speech” to rival Obama’s famous race speech: and call for an end to US military aid to Israel and support the BDS movement to pressure Israel to stop persecuting Palestinians.

A Jerusalem Pilgrim in New York

Rob Bryan on
Teju Cole by Rob Stothard, at PalFest 2014

Storytelling and poetical language may be the best way to change US attitudes on Palestine, as a panel of contributors to the collection Extreme Rendition featuring Zia Jaffrey, Sinan Antoon and Teju Cole at New School last week got a welcome reception from packed crowd

Study: ‘NYT’ portrays Islam more negatively than alcohol, cancer, and cocaine

Dorgham Abusalim on
New York Times headquarters.

A study released in November 2015 by 416 Labs, a Toronto-based consulting firm, reveals that the New York Times portrays Islam and Muslims more negatively than alcohol, cancer, and cocaine. Based on a sentiment analysis of online and print headlines spanning 25 years and 2,667,700 articles, the study found “strong evidence that Islam/Muslims are consistently associated with negative terms in NYT headlines.”