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November 14, 2017 4:22 pm

New York Times Adds ‘Editor’s Note’ to Travel Story That Glorified Terrorist

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The New York Times has added an “editor’s note” and revised a travel section article about a California bakery with a mural depicting a Jew-killing Arab terrorist, after The Algemeiner criticized the original version of the article.

EDITOR’S NOTE An earlier version of this article lacked context about the Palestinian activist Rasmeah Odeh, the subject of a mural inside Reem’s. That has been added,” the note says.

The Times added this sentence to the second paragraph of the article: “(In 1970, Ms. Odeh was convicted by Israeli courts for her role in the murder of two students. In 2014, she was convicted of immigration fraud in U.S. federal court and deported to Jordan in 2017.)”

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America also complained about the article, noting, “The depiction of a convicted bomber responsible for the killing of two civilians who was deported from the U.S. after she concealed her criminal records from authorities as a ‘controversial Palestinian activist’ is a complete whitewash of her crime.”

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An editor at the Times who oversees the travel section, Monica Drake, thanked a reader, Nurit Baytch, who called the original version of the article “appalling.”

The post published by The Algemeiner on Sunday, the same day the article appeared in the print New York Times, appeared under the headline, “New York Times Travel Section Celebrates Convicted Terrorist.” It described the article as “a three-time fail — the choice of topic, the headline, and the treatment in the article are all disappointing.”

More of Ira Stoll’s media critique, a regular Algemeiner feature, can be found here.

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