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‘Poor journalism’: NBC’s Mohyeldin calls out ‘NYT’ for refusing to name 3 writers who smeared Oday Aboushi

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The New York Times’s long story about the smearing of Palestinian football player Oday Aboushi amazingly does not name the three writers who smeared Aboushi. They are: Joe Kaufman of FrontPage, Adam Waksman the Columbia Computer Science Department PhD who moonlights for Yahoo Sports, and Jonathan Mael of Major League Baseball, who is said to be a former AIPAC intern.

Here’s all that NYT reporter Ben Shpigel reports about the smearers, in a piece titled, “Jets’ Aboushi Faces Aspersions for Being Palestinian:” 

An article on the Web site The Front Page suggested that he had terrorist ties. A column on Yahoo Sports, since removed, said he held anti-Semitic views. An employee of Major League Baseball on Twitter compared Aboushi to Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end charged with murder, before later apologizing.

Oh, and where’s the Hall of Shame in this piece? Let’s blame the victim: the piece focuses on Aboushi’s family back in Queens and includes this stuff about his father Ahmad:

His father has spent more than a decade in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to possess stolen property, theft from interstate shipment and transportation of a stolen vehicle, according to federal court documents.

Can you believe that? Exposing his father’s criminal record as if that’s relevant and failing to name the writers who defamed this fine young man? 

Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC News is on the angle on twitter, calling the Times out for “poor journalism”:

Poor journalism for ignoring the sources of bigotry…

Not to mention the piece is entirely focused on his family having to defend itself as opposed to sources of bigotry

Reporter Ben Shpigel responded to Mohyeldin, making clear that his was a willful choice:

The intent of the piece was to put everything in its proper context and explain oday’s background..

The purpose wasn’t to give people/outlets whose views have been discredited further voice

You’re not giving them further voice by naming them. You’re shaming them. Which they deserve. That’s one purpose of journalism, name names. 

By the way, here’s Waksman’s piece at Yahoo, which was taken down, but captured in a screenshot by Ben Doherty of EI.

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  1. MRW
    MRW
    July 13, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Then Ben Shpigel doesn’t know what the news story is. It’s the smear, and who did it.

    And the NYT editor who let Shpigel’s omission pass is to blame as well.

    • annie
      annie
      July 13, 2013, 7:08 pm

      Then Ben Shpigel doesn’t know what the news story is.

      he knows, and he made sure to smear Aboushi’s father. he knows exactly what he’s doing. providing cover for the racists.

  2. just
    just
    July 13, 2013, 4:48 pm

    Filthy, slanderous “journalism” of cowards and bigots. Inciting to riot, anyone?

    How I wish this talented young American of proud Palestinian heritage would sue, and sue heavily only to win.

  3. American
    American
    July 13, 2013, 5:55 pm

    The NYT is just a zio/neo/Israel rag ….thats all it is, so no point in being surprised by anything that appears there.

  4. ahmed
    ahmed
    July 13, 2013, 7:24 pm

    You should forward this to Margaret Sullivan, NYT’s excellent Public editor.

  5. piotr
    piotr
    July 13, 2013, 8:10 pm

    I have looked at the Waksman’s screen shot and the guy is lucky that it was taken down.

    In some sense, it is not much of a smear, Waksman cites Kaufman and adds a dismissive wrapper that not all that much can be concluded from Kaufman’s writing. Then he goes totally off tangent, basically that Jets should be more careful about their public image — presumably, a prudent sport franchise would blacklist Aboushi as a precaution. (Hm. And Department of Computer Science of Columbia should be more careful of its public image and what Ph. D. students it does accept?) Precautionary blacklisting is a purely fascistic idea.

    FrontPage is a fascistic outfit, and Waksman is a private citizen. But Jonathan Mael was (still is) a professional who behaved unprofessionally and stupidly.

  6. eGuard
    eGuard
    July 13, 2013, 8:32 pm

    Jonathan Mael in his ‘apology’ then spelled “Obay Aboushi”, not “Oday”. That is code for “… but I really don’t mean this, seriously”.

  7. ckg
    ckg
    July 13, 2013, 9:01 pm

    I don’t think this is the first time bangpound has captured screenshots of web content that was later taken down. Kudos to him and EI.

  8. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    July 14, 2013, 8:31 am

    One is reminded once again that many pro-Israel activists seem to rely heavily on smears, personal attacks, intimidation, abuse, bullying and threats to make their “arguments” and to promote their political agenda. The general rhetorical tone screams out at one in many thousands of articles and comments in leading online Israeli and pro-Israel publications.

    Extreme verbal abuse appears to be a natural by-product of all militant ethnic nationalist movements — an expression of their innate character and spirit. They are aggressive, paranoid and angry — and the verbal abuse easily escalates to physical violence.

  9. atime forpeace
    atime forpeace
    July 14, 2013, 9:08 am

    Poor Journalism will be challenged effectively and successfully, more and more people are looking for ways to get truth out to the people because an awakening is occurring which has been caused by the realization that the msm ( press) is a servile tool of the National security state and the one political party with it’s two wings.

    Blogging is one conduit-the first step in the internet age against the msm’s total control of the narrative. The goal and crown jewel will be the takedown and complete discrediting of the servile tool that is the msm (press). It is a trend in place, the train has left the station, now it’s a slow motion control demolition event.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439668500/liberty-is-rising-truth-in-media-project-0

  10. JohnAdamTurnbull
    JohnAdamTurnbull
    July 14, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I’m so glad that a respected journalist called the NYT on this. When I read it, I was struck by the fact that the Times exploited the incident as another opportunity to to ask Abe Foxman “how decent a guy he really was” … and he obliged.

  11. JohnAdamTurnbull
    JohnAdamTurnbull
    July 14, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I’m so glad that a respected journalist called the NYT on this. When I read it, I was struck by the fact that the Times exploited the incident as another opportunity to to ask Abe Foxman “how decent a guy he really is” … and he obliged.

  12. atime forpeace
    atime forpeace
    July 14, 2013, 5:05 pm

    Maybe the Journalist dissident will be the new american hero fighting for “Truth, justice and the American way”.

  13. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW
    July 15, 2013, 3:19 am

    Ayman Mohyeldin’s live coverage of Cast Lead for Al Jazeera was the very best of journalism. I watched him by the hour with explosions bursting behind him, reporting against the thunder of Israeli bombs, often in a helmet ducking fire, day after relentless day. As the slaughter continued he became visibly weary but remained cogent and calm to the end. Heroic.

    One should not, of course, forget the crew recording him.

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