NYT Slammed for Honouring Israeli Govt Gag Orders!
Times Jerusalem bureau admits compliance with Israel-ordered media blackouts
You may be under the illusion that Newspapers of a certain perceived standing, might be relied upon to tell you the truth from a more or less balanced journalistic perspective.
After all, there is so much news for us to wade through that one becomes reliant upon ‘trusted’ media to give us as much unadulterated balanced news as possible in this age of deceit .
Unfortunately for us, we are no longer able to believe the MSM whether it be the BBC, once the bastion of a certain modicum of integrity, nor the Broadsheets that were once regarded with the respect that it once demanded.
Sadly, at the point in which these outlets of news(sic) are ‘found out’, they stupidly compound their folly with ‘weasel words’ of retraction, normally hidden well away from the front pages or from the main news slot on the TV.
Should we as the general public, be satisfied that certain news is filtered or that a ‘Gag Order’ has been levied upon it?
It must be difficult in the current climate, where the fear of losing ones job being an investigative reporter of integrity, determines whether or not to operate in conditions such as these and I applaud those whom, having faced their consciences, decide to escape from those corporate ‘whore-houses’ and go out on their own.
The following example of lies in a recent NYT article (now retracted) is open to questioning.
Surely a Gag Order is ‘what it says on the tin?’ Don’t comment on this news!
Surely owners such as Rupert Murdoch might feel that, in being Jewish, he would be sensitive to what he allows to be published for fear of being labelled biased?
The answer is of course, not a cat in hells chance!
Therefore it is no surprise to me that the ‘Zionist theories’ which abound within the alternative media concerning NYT ‘filtering news’ , becomes understandably more plausible.
Nuffzed (Nick Thomas)
Published on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Common Dreams
The New York Times made a rare admission that it submits to Israeli state gag orders, fuelling charges from critics that the globally-influential publication plays fast-and-loose with journalistic ethics to give favourable coverage to Israel.
The revelation emerged when the The Times delayed its coverage of the Israeli detention of a Palestinian journalist, due—as it turns out—to a gag order from an Israeli court.
The blackout came to light when journalists who did not heed the gag order exposed the detention and media censorship. The Times’s public editor, Margaret Sullivan, then elicited an admission from her own publication that it complies with Israeli media blackouts as a matter of policy.
Gagging Coverage of Journalist’s Detention
Journalist and activist Majd Kayyal, who is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was returning from a conference in Lebanon on Saturday when Israeli Shin Bet secret police detained him for five days, during which he was interrogated and denied access to a lawyer.
Blogger Richard Silverstein wrote on Saturday about Kayyal’s detention and later released acopy of the gag order. Journalist Ali Abunimah, writing for Electronic Intifada, on Sundayreported the arrest and published classified court transcripts that revealed the existence of the gag order on the media regarding the case. Abunimah subsequently wrote several pieces following the story.
Thanks to an appeal from legal rights organization Adalah, the gag on Israeli media coverage was lifted Thursday.
It was only after the gag order was lifted—five days after the detention and interrogation was exposed by other journalists—that The Times covered the story of Kayyal, who has since been released from detention.
Sullivan on Thursday revealed that The Times’s failure to cover the story earlier was due to its compliance with a media blackout.
Broad Compliance With Israel-Ordered Blackouts
Abunimah writes that these admissions leave many questions. “Why does Rudoren believe she is bound by gag orders when two senior editors said they were unaware of the newspaper ever agreeing to be bound by such gag orders?” he asks.
Media Complicity in Israeli Occupation
According to Naureckas, The Times’s Jerusalem bureau is riddled with conflicts of interest that extend beyond compliance with gag orders. As FAIR points out, former bureau chief Ethan Bronner had a son in the Israeli army during his tenure. Furthermore, reporter Isabel Kershner’s spouse has worked for a think tank that promotes favorable coverage of the Israeli government.
Sullivan herself has previously criticized The Times for biased coverage of Israel, challenging the paper’s decision to ignore revelations that the National Security Agency shares unfiltered raw data intelligence files with the Israeli government.
Ramah Kudaimi of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation told Common Dreamsthat the problem of biased coverage in major media extends far beyond the The Times and raises the chilling question of what else is being blacked out.
“We just commemorated yesterday Palestinian prisoners day, and here we have a young Palestinian imprisoned by Israel for no reason and there is a gag order. It is shocking thatThe Times would abide by gag orders and not practice real journalism.”
Kudaimi adds, “U.S. funding of Israeli occupation and apartheid creates a mindset that seeps into the way the most U.S. media covers oppression.”
Naureckas agrees: “The Times and U.S. media in general covers Israel from the Israeli government’s perspective and treats Palestinians at best as outsiders and at worst as a demographic threat.”
– Sarah Lazare, staff writer
New York Times Admits It Pushed Fabricated Evidence about Iraq, Syria and Ukraine
Mainstream Media Is Being Forced to Retract Its Propaganda More and More Quickly
The New York Times pushed fabricated evidence in the run up to the Iraq war.
A year later, the newspaper apologised for its one sided coverage.
The U.S. and the New York Times pretended that Syria’s government was responsible for the chemical weapons attack … but that claim was debunked and the New York Times was forced to retract its mis- reporting several months later.
The alternative media, including Pulitzer prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh, has also pointed out that it was the Syrians rebels – with the help of the Turkish Government that set up this ‘False Flag’.
Then the U.S. and the New York Times published that they had evidence that Russian soldiers were the mysterious “masked men” seizing government buildings in Ukraine. But a couple of days later, they were forced into retracting that claim, admitting that their “proof” was almost as flimsy as proof of Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction”.
It seems like the alternative media is forcing the New York Times to retract half-baked, pro-war, propaganda claims more and more quickly.