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‘NYT’s next Jerusalem chief routinely offers Israel as a model for American conduct

The New York Times has announced that Peter Baker will “very likely” be its next bureau chief in Jerusalem in a few months time. Baker is currently White House correspondent; and in an article about the US-Iranian prisoner swap yesterday he wrote the following in the 13th paragraph:

Other countries have traded as well. Israel has routinely exchanged imprisoned Palestinians for its own people. In 2011, Israel freed 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, including some it deemed terrorists, for Sgt. Gilad Shalit, who had been held by the militant group Hamas for five years.

This is the second time I’ve seen him do this. Last week he wrote a story about how the US has to deal with terrorism; and this was in paragraph three:

Given how hard it is for intelligence and law enforcement agencies to detect people who have become radicalized, like those who opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., a certain number of relatively low-level terrorist attacks may be inevitable, and Americans may have to learn to adapt the way Israel has.

So Israel is twice offered as a model for how the US should act.

Never mind what the US does: we are of course totally innocent. But while writing about our injured innocence he then brings in Israel as another example of a country that faces the same problems we face. It seems to be how he thinks. The US and Israel, innocent parties, dealing with terrorists as best they can.

It’s just two examples so far, but if this guy is Jodi Rudoren’s replacement in Jerusalem then I have a bad feeling about how the coverage is likely to be. I hope I’m wrong, but the NYT already reports every Palestinian death at Israel hands as though it were justified. Having a reporter who can speak Arabic hasn’t made any difference at all in the bias. The only question for me is whether they consciously choose to be biased or if it is just reflexive, something so deeply embedded in them they write like this by instinct.

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  1. a blah chick on January 20, 2016, 9:02 am

    “…if this guy is Jodi Rudoren’s replacement in Jerusalem then I have a bad feeling about how the coverage is likely to be.”

    Fearless prediction: it will continue to be horrible in that totally clueless way the Times specializes in. Just remember, only Jewish lives matter.

    • Krauss on January 20, 2016, 1:17 pm

      I’m shocked people are shocked that the bias continues.

      Listen peeps: as long as the majority-owner of the NYT is a committed Zionist, it doesn’t matter who the journalists on the ground are, because they know there is only one opinion that counts, and that is the opinion of the owner/publicist. Same is true with the Murdoch media. Everyone knows what the agenda is, they all know the unspoken rules.

      When will people learn this? The Sulzbergers are what Mearsheimer called The New Afrikaaners. They will never, ever give up the dream of Jewish apartheid. Simple as that.

      • lysias on January 20, 2016, 5:01 pm

        I thought the Sulzbergers used to be non=Zionist. So how deep-rooted is their Zionism? (I suspect their belated conversion to Zionism had a lot to do with retaining advertising from the big New York department stores.)

        I thought the biggest shareholder in the NYT was now Carlos Slim (a Mexican Catholic of Lebanese descent).

      • Misterioso on January 21, 2016, 10:37 am

        lysias

        Some American Jews publicly criticized the Zionists for using their influence to prevent the admission of Jewish refugees into the United States following WWII. Among them was Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times who called for a reversal of Zionist policy that put statehood first, refugees last: “Admitting that the Jews of Europe have suffered beyond expression, why in God’s name should the fate of all these unhappy people be subordinated to the single cry of Statehood? I cannot rid myself of the feeling that the unfortunate Jews of Europe’s D.P. [Displaced Persons] camps are helpless hostages for whom statehood has been made the only ransom.” (New York Times, October 27, 1946)

  2. eljay on January 20, 2016, 9:42 am

    … The US and Israel, innocent parties, dealing with terrorists as best they can. …

    The serial rapist and the sadistic wife-beater, innocent parties, dealing with unco-operative women as best they can.

    Luckily for them, they have staunch supporters to defend them against people who advocate the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

    “These guys are upstanding citizens!”
    “Ummm…one rapes women and the other brutally beats his wife.”
    “Oh, yeah? Well at least they’re not murderers!”

  3. joemowrey on January 20, 2016, 9:57 am

    Thanks for this early eye on Baker. I think it’s safe to say, he will be the usual propaganda hack for Zionism. If there were any other likelihood, he would never have gotten the job. If any other scenario unfolds, he won’t keep it for long. Plus, you gotta know that anyone who has been a White House correspondent is already a bought and paid for toady. Again, otherwise they wouldn’t be White House correspondents.

  4. Ossinev on January 20, 2016, 1:57 pm

    He appears to have spoken some truths which were best left unspoken last year in an article in the NYT about the Republican Party and its support for Israel.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/28/us/politics/republicans-criticize-james-baker-for-speech-on-benjamin-netanyahu.html?_r=0

    Also see:
    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/clay-waters/2015/03/28/republicans-show-unquestionedlockstep-support-israel-claims-hostile-ny

    So it may be that he was being naively honest which is a dangerous trait in someone who has ambitions to prosper in the Zionist controlled US media.

    Likelihood is that a few of the “Elders” will have a word in his shell like and he will prosper as a fully in lockstep with Israel ” pioneering ” journalist

  5. Steve Grover on January 20, 2016, 2:12 pm

    If this is true, Haaretz should hire him.

  6. bryan on January 20, 2016, 2:12 pm

    Let me just counterpoise an argument – the recent NYT article on Jewish terrorism seemed to elicit a huge response from readers critical of Israeli policy, and these comments seemed to be overwhelmingly favoured by those readers who bother to review readers’ comments and express an opinion on them. Thus, let’s not get too carried away with the idea, but there may now be a key audience with a far more advanced understanding of the issue than those hacks who regurgitate the party line, and this may eventually feed back into the quality of journalism the Times offers.

  7. John Douglas on January 20, 2016, 3:16 pm

    I don’t know what Baker’s intention was in writing what he did, but I don’t see much to be upset about in these two comments if we focus on the points he makes.

    In the first, it is that that we should be dealing with other groups and countries to make prisoner swaps, just as others do. I’m happy to see him cite Israel since the right wing critics of the swap would be, by inference, bashing Israel.

    In the second, it is that we should expect terrorist attacks and learn to live with them as we live many statistically minor causes of death. (I would add, rather than allowing the boosters of the deep state to create an hysteria little different from the one long ago in my home city of Salem, MA.)

    Of course Israel does not take Palestinian attacks, ineffectual as they are, as a matter of course. They hype them in order to divert attention from Israeli crimes.

    • annie on January 20, 2016, 6:27 pm

      john, there’s also the not so minor issue of israel reneging on the prisoner swap and rearresting over 1/2 of them in a sweep after they got their end of the bargain. that would be like holding up bernie madoff as an example of an investor without mentioning he’s a thief.

    • Donald on January 20, 2016, 9:05 pm

      The problem is not with the point he is making, which is that terrorism causes only a tiny fraction of American deaths and even a tiny fraction of the violent deaths. The problem is that he invoked Israel as a model. Israel steals land, prevents Gazans from leaving, tortures prisoners, shoots demonstrators and every few years commits major war crimes. They aren’t a plucky group of innocent heroes who have learned to ” live with” terrorism. They create the conditions that cause it.

      The prison swap bothered me too– again, it’s from a Zionist perspective. The Israelis once again are presented as people who have to deal with terrorist kidnapping by exchanging 1000 prisoners, many of them terrorists, to get one person back. We are supposed to be impressed by their willingness to give up so many bad guys to get one person back. We don’t hear about Palestinians unjustly arrested and abused and nobody ever stops to think about how many Israelis should be in prison for their crimes against Palestinians.

      The first example, about Israel living with terrorism, is something I’ve seen on TV shows. It’s a not so subtle way of saying that the Israelis are the good guys without stating it outright. Nobody ever talks about Palestinians having to live with war crimes.

  8. spokelse on January 20, 2016, 6:24 pm

    The middle east bureau chief is just a cog in a machine, trying to read the tea leaves for any subtle, nuanced change, is silly. When things really change, it won’t be subtle.

  9. JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2016, 1:24 am

    RE: “So Israel is twice offered as a model for how the US should act.” ~ Donald Johnson and Phil Weiss

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    Fluoride in the water and the television rotting their brains
    Ignorance, apathy, corruption everywhere you turn
    History repeating ’cause these motherf**kers don’t wanna learn

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    . . . Fascists, Neocons, and their corporate dupes
    Marxists, Communists, and their Socialist tools
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    If they could see America today
    The Founders would turn over in their graves
    The people in denial of truth, they don’t want to see
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    • JLewisDickerson on January 21, 2016, 8:53 pm

      P.P.P.S.
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      • Wish List from the Boston Bombings – The Israelization of America

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      • NRA President’s Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children

    • JLewisDickerson on January 22, 2016, 12:31 pm

      P.P.P.P.S. AND RE: “So Israel is twice offered as a model for how the US should act.” ~ Johnson & Weiss

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  10. Ossinev on January 21, 2016, 1:11 pm

    @Donald
    “Israel steals land, prevents Gazans from leaving, tortures prisoners, shoots demonstrators and every few years commits major war crimes. They aren’t a plucky group of innocent heroes who have learned to ” live with” terrorism. They create the conditions that cause it”

    Neatly summed up and underpinned by the following “article” in today`s Times of Israel:

    “The Times of Israel joins the Artillery Corps’ Tiger Battalion in Qalqilya as it arrests 3 Palestinian teenagers on suspicion of throwing rocks, firebombs at soldiers”
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/generation-ziptie-west-bank-raids-break-nights-calm-but-quietly/

    You have to read the article two to three times to appreciate the full flavour of the 22 carat gold hypocrisy. These Fascist a..eholes , their political masters and sadly the majority of the Israeli Jewish population actually believe this bollocks.

    The moronic IDF mouthpiece, a certain [..]Nimrod Cibulski ( an indigenous local with a typical indigenous local name ) explains the how its all about minimizing”trauma” for the poor Palestinians and not at all about making their life hell on a 24/7 basis.

    “Bringing in jeeps and armored vehicles into a city in the middle of the day would necessitate shutting down the streets where soldiers would be operating, and it would also increase the likelihood that residents would attack the soldiers by pelting them with rocks or bottles. Late-night arrests, though traumatic for the families whose sleep is wrecked, leave the majority of the population untouched, he said”

    The soldiers,their commanders and the politicians who direct them are all war criminals.[..]

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  11. Kathleen on January 28, 2016, 5:16 am

    “The only question for me is whether they consciously choose to be biased or if it is just reflexive, something so deeply embedded in them they write like this by instinct. ”

    What is the real difference? If a thinking person chooses to ignore what is embedded they are consciously choosing to be biased. The New York Bloody Times has been buying the facts on the ground in this conflict for decades, although it is to be respected that MW keeps exposing

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