Incoming New York Times Jerusalem Chief Sparks Controversy via Twitter

February 15, 2012 2:29 pm 6 comments

Jodi Ruderon, incoming NY Times Jerusalem Bureau chief. Photo: @rudoren via Twitter.

Following the New York Times decision to move Ethan Bronner from his post as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief, the paper that publishes “All the News That’s Fit to Print” hired Jodi Rudoren to replace him.

Before arriving at her new job, Rudoren has already sparked considerable discussion over tweets she made following the announcement of her forthcoming position.  Writing to Ali Abunimah, the founder of Electronic Intifada, Ruderon tweeted:

“Hey there. Would love to chat sometime. About things other than the house. My friend Kareem Fahim says good things”

In addition, Rudoren retweeted an article entitled “Palestine: Love in the Time of Apartheid”, which begins by saying “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and their draconian citizenship laws now threatend one of the most basic of human bonds, love.”

Ruderon’s decision to post tweets aimed at one side of the struggle for peace, directly after the announcement that she’ll be running the Jerusalem bureau for America’s most widely read online news publication isn’t sitting well with some.

Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic writes that Rudoren should “stop tweeting as if she’s a J Street official and remember that she has to develop sources on all sides of the conflict,” while Marc Tracy at Tablet proclaims “Only a fool would expect a reporter to have no opinions, but we expect them to zip their opinions up in favor of objectivity and to come to new stories with an open mind; Rudoren is already damaging her readers’ trust.”

The new Jerusalem bureau chief replied to those concerned with her recent tweeting, writing:

“Thanks for all the new folos, and the advice re Tweeting. Plan to Tweet from all sides of conflict. Welcome suggestions of other books.”

6 Comments

  • You seem to have completely omitted that Rudoren got in trouble principally for posting that the Palestinians seemed ho-hum about the deaths of their relatives. Don’t mislead people here to make it seem as if she’s pro-Palestinian.

  • Jehudah Ben-Israel

    The New York Times is eager to be part of the league of journalism the leading members of which are news organizations such as the British Guardian, the BBC, the non-Jewish German financed Haaretz and its young/old brother, the Forward.

    The common denominator of all is the obsessive anti-Israel approach all these publications take.

    This latest installation of the New York Times only confirm this observation.

  • Instead of viewing this with alarm, anger, and panic the response of the Israeli government should be : “No problem, anyone you select to be bureau chief is welcome here. However given the obvious bias of this person no one from The New York Times staff will have any access to anyone in the Israeli government. This means no interviews, no press passes, no background briefings, no access to anyone whatsoever.”. This means they will have to sit in Jerusalem and get all if their reports from their competition. Watch how fast the NYT changes it’s tune.

    • Not true. The Times already reports one sided information. Receiving both sides is not relevant to the way the NYT reports its news in fact.

      • re:”Not true. The Times already reports one sided information. Receiving both sides is not relevant to the way the NYT reports its news in fact.”

        I read the Times everyday.Ethan Bronner,to a much greater degree than New York Times colleague Isabel Kershner, is a truly objective reporter.

        Don’t expect a news editor to re-write the reporter’s story. Also,do not confuse the news with the editorials which are definitely not written from a Likud Zionist orientation.However, if you want to find news presented with truly anti-Zionist slant, try most European papers.

  • I don’t know… how about TANAKH? Obviously she never saw it in the NYT Metro section…

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