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October 30, 2015 12:04 pm

Media Watchdog Presents ‘Guide to New York Times Advocacy Journalism’ Regarding Israel 

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JODI RUDOREN  03/23/2012  New York, NY, Photos of New York Times corespondent, Jodi Rudoren.  Photos taken in the Times photo studio.Credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times                              NYTCREDIT: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren. Photo: Twitter.

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), a media-monitoring organization that has been working overtime since last month’s surge of violence in Israel, has come up with a creative way of exposing bias in The New York Times‘ coverage of the goings-on in the Jewish state.

More specifically, the watchdog group is concerned with the way the “newspaper of record” has been treating the current clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian terrorists. Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren is of particular interest to the media monitor, which has kept an eagle eye on what it deems to be her seriously skewed reportage. Rudoren’s raison d’etre, CAMERA seeks to reveal, is promoting Palestinian aspirations at the expense of facts on the ground.

A recent example CAMERA highlighted this week involves Rudoren’s account of a stabbing attack. In a piece on Tuesday, called “The Dueling Narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,”  Rudoren describes the event – caught in full by security cameras near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City — as though its details had not been established. Quoting Palestinians claiming that the Israeli Border Policeman who shot and killed the combat-fatigue-clad knife-wielder posthumously planted the weapon on the young man, Rudoren describes the implement as a “pocket knife, the kind Boy Scouts use.”

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In her attempt at “balance,” as CAMERA points out, Rudoren failed to mention that the entire event had been filmed, and its perpetrator was clearly and plainly the Palestinian terrorist. Nor, according to CAMERA, was the use of “Boy Scout” imagery in relation to the assailant coincidental.

On Wednesday, the CAMERA blog “Snapshots” posted a list of similar examples, calling the collection: “Jodi Rudoren’s Guide to Advocacy Journalism.” 

“The guide below, complete with case studies, could have easily been written by New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren,” is how it is introduced.

Speaking, tongue-in-cheek, on behalf of Rudoren, the blog identifies what it sees as her goal – “To promote a selected party’s allegations while pretending to report objectively about ‘dueling’ narratives” – and names four tactics employed to achieve it:

Tactic 1: Ignore and conceal the most incriminating evidence against the selected party.

Tactic 2: Cast doubt and minimize other evidence against the selected party, by using descriptions that conjure up wholesome values.

Tactic 3: Mention the existence of a video that supports allegations made by the selected party and that rebuts the other party’s version of events, even if there is no such film.

Tactic 4: If you or your newspaper are challenged on any of the above, claim space limitations did not allow you to give a “full accounting of the events.”

Beneath each “tactic” are “case studies” that link to Rudoren pieces illustrating the aspersions CAMERA continues to cast on The New York Times in general and its Jerusalem bureau chief in particular.

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  • Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz

    I subscribed to CAMERA and was going to donate and go to their meeting in Boca Raton, then they blogged an Israeli-bashing event in Boston was organized by “gay activists!” Now here in Broward County and Fort Lauderdale and environs we have a gay synagogue and on my block half the Jews are gay. When I pointed the stupidity and plain wrong-headedness for the line I was deleted from their mailing list. And, yes, their CAMERA board has idiots who not only got us into Iraq but still claim it was a good deal! You can’t get support EVEN FROM JEWS WHO ARE OBSERVANT LIKE ME and SUPPORT ISRAEL if you keep allied by hateful richt-wing loonies.

  • Fred

    Ah, the New York Sturmer Jodi Rudoren embracing Julius Streicher editor ship of the Sturmer Hitler anti Semitic rag. How far bellow the gutter can she sink. I you can’t provide honest , transparent news manufacture lies the public is to dumb in Rudoren’s eyes and the oil money is flowing.

  • Ephraim

    Aspersions? No, facts!

  • anon

    Since she obviously yearns to be in a Muslim controlled country why not transfer her to one? There are many to choose from. Why not live where Muslims are free to practice peaceful self-determination?

  • Lionel Gaffen

    Jodi Rudoren is the type of person that would have been tarred, feathered and run out of town on a pole for the yellow journalism that she practices, writing for the New York Slimes.

    In fact, that would have happened to the entire editorial board of that rag, which has come to compete with the Guardian for the world’s most anti-Semitic paper, only fit only to wrap rotting fish. [ The rotting fish would reject it ].

  • Myron Slater

    The NY Times is very anti-Semitic in its reporting that is obviously slanted against Jews! I used to read the Times every day, but will no longer consider it a responsible newspaper and will never buy it again!

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