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Two different versions of the same events in Gaza reveal ‘NYT’ bureau chief’s bias

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On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot dead 6 Palestinians in Gaza, who were behind the border fence. In the New York Times, Jodi Rudoren said the Israeli troops “opened fire to quell crowds that hurled rocks and rolled burning tires close to the fence separating Gaza from Israel. . .”

Lower in the story, she added:

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner of the Israeli military said there were more than 1000 men ‘attempting multiple times and at multiple locations to storm the border fence throughout the day,’ hurling projectiles including a grenade.

Joel Greenberg, a veteran journalist, covered the same story for the Financial Times. Here are two paragraphs from Greenberg’s report:

Officials in Gaza said six Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded. Witnesses said the shots were fired by snipers at Israeli guard posts along the fence, where Israel enforces a 100-meter-wide no-go zone inside Gaza.

The [Israeli military] spokeswoman could not explain why troops had not instead used non-lethal crowd control weapons, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, routinely used by Israeli forces against violent protests in the West Bank.

There are two possible explanations for Rudoren’s extraordinary bias here.

  1. She is an incompetent, who does not know that an elementary rule in journalism is to interview both sides, instead of working as the stenographer for one of them. If true, we recommend that she study Joel Greenberg’s work.
  2. She knows full well how reporters are supposed to work, but she deliberately set out to cover up the fact that Israeli snipers and other soldiers may have deliberately murdered six Palestinians.
James North

James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

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  1. JLewisDickerson on October 10, 2015, 8:07 pm

    RE: “The [Israeli military] spokeswoman could not explain why troops had not instead used non-lethal crowd control weapons, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, routinely used by Israeli forces against violent protests in the West Bank.” ~ Joel Greenberg

    MY QUESTION: Has Israel run out of skunk water? Wouldn’t that be an effective, non-lethal way of enforcing the 100-meter-wide no-go zone? Is it just too expensive to use?

  2. jimby on October 10, 2015, 9:02 pm

    Sheldon Adelson wants his son to grow up to be a sniper in the IDF.

    Sheldon Adelson saying he “unfortunately” wore the uniform of the American military not the Israeli army, and that he wants his son to be a sniper for the Israeli army (4:45 on). “All we care about is being good citizens of Israel.” – See more at:

  3. echinococcus on October 10, 2015, 9:32 pm


    It’s the third hypothesis that applies:
    3, Rude-Oren knows how journalism is supposed to be done; she also knows how to distort and obscure, but she doesn’t care anymore and neither does the NYT: Zionism is in full in-your-face-arrogance mode. What she is effectively conveying is that murder by the World’s definition is no longer so when done by her tribe.
    And you know what? Pushing that shameless version is meeting with moderate success.

  4. Qualtrough on October 10, 2015, 10:43 pm

    @James North – Door number 2 please.

    Why don’t the Israelis use non-lethal means? The Chinese call it killing a chicken to scare the monkeys. I am sure Zionists are hoping that cold-bloodedly killing a few protesters (or cockroaches/grown up snakes in their parlance) will have a more salutary effect than less deadly means.

    BTW, thank you Mr. North for your work!

    • Kathleen on October 11, 2015, 11:05 am

      “Door number 2 please” Indeed. This has been par for the course for Jodi Ruderon and the majority of so called reporters at the NYBT’s for decades. However so great that Mondoweiss stays on the NYBT’s inaccurate and biased reports. Taking down the wall of false reporting.

      Israel determines the “100 meter no go zone”

      Israel continues to kill indiscriminately with no accountability for their deadly brutality.

      Another thank you James North..

    • Pretext on October 11, 2015, 11:24 am

      Yes, thank you for continuing to hold their feet to the fire. When I tell people that the MSM is horribly biased on this issue, the initial reactions are disbelief. Having a running record of the various ways outlets twist the narrative to suit their own agendas is crucial to opening eyes.

      I hope that (if it hasn’t been done already), someone puts together a one-stop link for all the media bias stories here on MW.

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