I don’t think being Jewish disqualifies a reporter from reporting on Israel/Palestine. I don’t think having a son or daughter serving in the IDF does either. If that logic is extended, we wouldn’t pay attention to Palestinians reporting from Gaza or the West Bank or East Jerusalem, or we shouldn’t pay attention to so many of the important blogs and other outlets where similar “conflicts” may exist.. It is a silly argument, in my view. It’s the actual reporting that matters, so long as any “conflicts” such as they are, are disclosed.
I don’t want to be put in the position of defending the NYT or any other media outlet and that is not what I was saying. I do think Ethan Bronner was unfairly villified too often on this site and in our movement generally. I also know that he has been villified from the right as being too sympathetic to the Palestinian narrative. So, again, he is a reporteer, not an activist. I just think we should pick our battles where they make sense and not fall prey to the same shibboleths that characterize the shrill and unfair attacks from the right.