Monday, August 25, 2014
Why do I bother reading this crap?
With all of the verifiable, newsworthy things going on the world today (including the hundreds of rockets that have been fired at Israeli civilian population centers by Hamas in just the past 24 hours), the front page of today's online New York Times featured the following article, top, front and center:
Pay special attention to the passage from the article that I've highlighted below:
This is a 17 year old (i.e. old enough to actually be a Hamas or Islamic Jihad combatant), who is the son of a Hamas government official, making completely uncorroborated claims of Israeli misdeeds.
And the reason the Times felt that this story was not only newsworthy, but important enough to place in the top-center spot of their home page is that if his asserions could be corroborated, this would constitute an Israeli Military violation of both International and Israeli law.
Forget the fact that EVERY SINGLE ROCKET FIRED FROM WITHIN CIVILIAN AREAS OF GAZA AT ISRAELI CIVILIANS IS A DOUBLE WAR CRIME! And the source and destination of those rocket launches can actually be verified!!!
The Times could just as easily have reported that if the IDF had stolen one of the kid's kidneys and sold it on the black market (or used it to bake matzoh for Passover!), it would have also been a violation of International and Israeli law. Because without corroboration, or some compelling reason to believe it could be true, this is nothing more than a blood libel dressed up as a news lead... an irrelevant fairy tale, not news!
Unless, of course, you are the New York Times: the self-proclaimed arbiter of what news is fit to print.
Posted by David Bogner on August 25, 2014 | Permalink
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I stopped reading The New York Times years ago. Any contact that rag has with the truth is only tangential and fleeting. When they stumble into the truth, they shrug it off and go on their way as if nothing happened.
I recommend you stop reading it, too.
Posted by: antares | Aug 26, 2014 3:32:51 AM
In the last 60 days, has The Times featured on the front page,any report on one of the hundreds of war crimes commited by Hamas? No! Cover up of the Holocaust,cover up of Hamas,the leopard never changes its spots and neither does The Times and Jodi Rudoren.
Posted by: ED | Aug 26, 2014 8:02:04 AM
A better choice: http://www.washingtontimes.com/
Posted by: Karl | Aug 26, 2014 10:38:34 AM
The Times has such high quality writing that it's nice to read even when it's all bias and manipulative lies. But I have to agree that this is the nadir. The kid's alive, and he says the Israelis abused him? He couldn't even paint on a black eye? Is there an embargo on kohl? That's cheap, and illustrates the desire of the reporter and the editor to have something to besmirch Israel. I remember watching a video my vegan cousin sent me on the dangers of caffeine. One guy, an Israeli, gets up and talks about the studies that show caffeine has health benefits. He says, first check who paid for the studies. (Actually, they were totally independent.) Second, he says, who, with any brains at all, would believe that this poison could possibly have any health benefits? Do I hear "tendentious?"
Posted by: Eliezer Eisenberg | Aug 26, 2014 11:42:39 PM