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‘NYT’ employee in Jerusalem wanted to donate paper’s armed car to the army

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This is a New York Times video from five weeks ago, intended as an entertainment, about the junking of an armored vehicle that the newspaper bought from the Chicago Tribune in 2009 for use in the West Bank. Maintenance on the car was expensive, and it wasn’t up to new standards.

Irit Pazner, an employee of the Times Jerusalem bureau, says at :30:

I had suggested to Customs that we be allowed to donate the car. Donate it for training, the police, the army, movies, you know, anything. Absolutely not. The only thing they would let us do is destroy it.

Taking sides? I think so. This casual moment is just further evidence of the fact that the Times operates in a very conventional West Jerusalem state of mind, i.e., reflexively pro-Israel. The son of the last bureau chief for the paper entered the Israeli army, the current bureau chief has said, “I come knowledgeable about the Jewish American or Jewish Israeli side of this beat.”

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“Things quieted down in the West Bank, and the car was expensive.”

It was quiet only for some.

a nice metaphor for the state of hasbara

Yellow plates.

give up on the nyt. blogs are where the real news is [re]distributed and dissected.

RE: “Taking sides? I think so. This casual moment is just further evidence of the fact that the Times operates in a very conventional West Jerusalem state of mind, i.e., reflexively pro-Israel. The son of the last bureau chief for the paper entered the Israeli army, the current bureau chief has said, ‘I come knowledgeable about the Jewish American or Jewish Israeli side of this beat’.” ~ Phil Weiss MY COMMENT: I think George Orwell… Read more »