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New York Times’ Peter Baker is already done in Israel/Palestine

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The New York Times announced today that Jerusalem Bureau Chief Peter Baker is being recalled to Washington DC to cover the Trump White House less than four months after he arrived in Jerusalem. Baker had covered the Obama White House for The Times and earlier than that the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations for The Washington Post.

In a Facebook post Baker and wife Susan Glasser of Politico ascribed his about-face to the “Trump effect”:

Hey guys, the Trump Effect has spread. The NYT has asked Peter to come back to Washington to cover the Trump White House and Susan is going to work from DC as Politico’s chief international affairs columnist while also consulting with them about editorial innovation initiatives. (We also are still working on our book, the biography of James Baker.) It’s been a terrific if much too short adventure for all of us in Jerusalem — and we’re lucky to have made many new friends in these last few months. Our schedule isn’t set but we’re expecting to get back to Washington next month. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon. All best, Peter, Susan and [son] Theo

Baker had barely unpacked his bags in Jerusalem, having taken up the position on August 23, according to his own announcement on Facebook.

When Baker’s appointment to Jerusalem was first all-but-announced in November 2015, James North said it was “evidence that the Jerusalem bureau is now what the Moscow bureau used to be in the hierarchy of establishment journalism: the necessary posting to distinguish yourself as top-rung talent.” This is no longer the case. Jerusalem is suddenly a backwater in the age of Trump and Putin, the action’s in Washington. Netanyahu is old news.

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6 Responses

  1. Mooser on December 12, 2016, 4:33 pm
  2. annie on December 12, 2016, 4:55 pm

    wow. i wonder what more of a the backstory there is here. something tells me there’s some other stuff going on. who was the NYT’s DC journo in baker’s absence?

    oh look at this: New York Times Hires Reporter Who Sent Stories To Clinton Staffers For Approval

    Read more:

    Politico’s Glenn Thrush, who was exposed in WikiLeaks emails sending stories to Hillary Clinton staffers before publication, will be joining the New York Times to cover the White House, The Huffington Post reported Monday.

  3. wondering jew on December 12, 2016, 8:30 pm

    Yes, indeed, when Dennis the Menace gets elected by a minority of the country (with a vast majority of white votes) and gets put in charge of the button, there is a call for the best journalists to get on the job.

  4. DaBakr on December 12, 2016, 10:09 pm


    “netanyahu is old news” yet is featured prominently in todays MW by none other then its founder pw. more fantasizing . there was also the story that KaConway told the media moving the embassy is still a big priority for pres-elect-trump. its a great story but the money is still on only a symbolic ‘move’ rather then an actual move. most israelis are realists and i know few who would claim its going to happen until they saw the last stone set and the flag raised.

    • Mooser on December 13, 2016, 12:01 pm

      ” most israelis are realists”

      That’s too bad. You will need more criminals, fanatics and psychopaths to get the Zionist job done.

  5. Citizen on December 13, 2016, 5:34 pm

    “Next year in Jerusalem”

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