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Jodi Rudoren heads for Jerusalem

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A new era is beginning at the New York Times (fingers crossed). Jodi Rudoren is taking over as Jerusalem bureau chief. We all hope that this signals some greater opening to the whole story, to Palestinian conditions and the mindbending crisis of a settler state that is ruling people who have no say in their government. Here are two of Rudoren’s tweets from yesterday. Notice the transparency about her own identity and Zionism’s claims on it. Let’s wish her good luck!

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  1. radii on April 17, 2012, 12:23 pm

    Okay Jodi,

    You’re a journalist first or you not … the eyes of the world are upon you

    I hope your first piece and those that follow are blistering accounts of what is actually taking place that blow the minds of the hasbarists

  2. Matt Giwer on April 17, 2012, 12:43 pm

    When I see something more than praising with faint damns I might start to take it seriously. If it becomes “but you have to see it from the Nazi (strike that) the tyrant’s point of view” I will tune out instantly with no second chances.

  3. dahoit on April 17, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Well,since Abramson? was made editor,how has the coverage changed?In fact,it seems worse now,the NYTs and its various offshoots of pathetic propaganda.
    Get your rabbits feet.

  4. annie on April 17, 2012, 12:58 pm

    crossing my fingers with an open mind, go Rudoren!

  5. Krauss on April 17, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I think she herself has good, balanced intentions. The problem is that she is a marked target. She clearly showed from the beginning that she comes with a clear and stated goal of seeing the truggle from both sides. This means openly talking about apartheid-like policies as well as covering condemnations of calls to terrorist violence.

    The last guy, who had a son in the IDF; still works for the Times on these issues but from back home. I think in some ways will nullify a lot of concerns the lobby has. Because if she ever veers off track, the folks at home can make sure it doesn’t get to print.

    I still think chances are high she won’t serve the full 5 year term. But the Times don’t want to appear weak before pressure and needs her to stay a year or two. She will probably be let go because of ‘inexperience’ or whatnot. She already has too many enemies.

  6. Pamela Olson on April 17, 2012, 1:35 pm

    A new era, indeed. Fresh eyes are always shocked. It takes a while for people to learn to normalize the occupation in their minds, to numb themselves to the horrors, the blatant injustices. Some people use the learned control over their emotions to tell a more clear and compelling story. Other people use it to make it easier to toe the usual party lines and ensure their job security.

    We’ll see which way she goes. Not only is it a new person — she’s also starting in a new age, with much more sophisticated readers than her predecessor started out with.

    Hope springs eternal…

  7. PeaceThroughJustice on April 17, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Speaking of the media, Julian Assange’s new interview show premiered today. There’s been considerable buzz about it and he didn’t let us down. First guest–Hassan Nasrallah!

    Here’s the show’s site–
    But if you’re having trouble streaming from there, here’s a direct link to the interview–

  8. DICKERSON3870 on April 17, 2012, 3:10 pm

    RE: “Here are two of Rudoren’s tweets from yesterday. Notice the transparency about her own identity and Zionism’s claims on it.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Yes, that kind of transparent self-awareness is a very good sign. I’m as cautiously optimistic as a pessimist can be that Rudoren will be a significant improvement.

  9. eGuard on April 17, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Why would anything change in NYT? See the tweets: Rudoren is already counting fireworks – but not the deaths.

    And, Rudoren, when did they ask you “are you Jewish”? At NYT or at ElAl?

  10. ahmed on April 17, 2012, 5:36 pm

    i hayve to say that I am quite optimistic… ever since Bronner left, even Kershner’s pieces have seemed a little less unbalanced and more willing to give a Palestinian perspective.

  11. Les on April 17, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I’d like to know if she was a member of the Park Slope Co-op and how she voted.

  12. Mayhem on April 17, 2012, 8:56 pm

    a settler state that is ruling people who have no say in their government

    Please Philip this is simply not true and making such exaggerations are not helpful.Arabs might be under-represented in Israel government, but that is not solely because of Israeli policies.
    Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights, one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote. Arabs hold seats in the Knesset; they might hold more if
    they were more willing to participate in elections.
    Israeli Arabs have also held various government posts, including one who served as Israel’s ambassador to Finland and the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv.
    Oscar Abu Razaq was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Interior, the first Arab citizen to become chief executive of a key government ministry.
    Ariel Sharon’s original cabinet included the first Arab minister, Salah Tarif, a Druze who served as a minister without portfolio.
    An Arab is also a Supreme Court justice.

    • annie on April 17, 2012, 9:22 pm

      mayhem, there are millions of people the goi rules over who have no say in that government. put your thinking cap on.

      • eljay on April 17, 2012, 9:25 pm

        >> put your thinking cap on.

        I don’t think he has one. :-)

    • Woody Tanaka on April 18, 2012, 8:26 am

      “Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights,”

      Lie. Arabs in de facto Israel, who live in the West Bank, have no rights under the government which controls their lives, including the right to vote, based solely on their ethnicity and religions. Jews who were born and live next to them are faced with no such limitations.

      “one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote”

      Lie. Very few countries preclude women from voting (to the extent that voting takes place)

  13. flyod on April 17, 2012, 9:52 pm

    they are only giving me 10 free articles a month now. i can’t waste any…..

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