New York Times Pro-Israeli Bias
NYT supports Israeli lawlessness.
by Stephen Lendman
The New York Times has a longstanding history of pro-Israeli bias. An earlier If Americans Knew report explained "highly disturbing patterns" of distorted, one-sided coverage.
Over time, little changed. Former Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner is ethically challenged. He's a longtime Israeli apologist. He blames Palestinians for Israeli crimes. He largely ignores settler violence.
In March 2008, he joined Lone Star Communications' speakers bureau. It's one of Israel's leading PR firms. An illegal settler runs it.
It arranges speaking dates for Bronner and others on pro-Israeli issues. Times editors see no conflict of interest about writers compromising their journalistic integrity.
An earlier controversy involved Bronner's son serving in Israel's military. Former Times executive editor Bill Keller backed him. Times assistant managing editor Susan Chira called his coverage "scrupulously fair...."
Ethical challenges finally got him transferred. Jodi Rudoren replaced him. More on her below.
Deputy Jerusalem bureau chief Isabel Kershner is ethically compromised twice over. She consistently misreports. Her husband, Hirsh Goodman, is senior research fellow and director of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Securities (INSS).
It's connected to Israel's government and military. Many of its professionals have government and/or IDF backgrounds. Israel helps fund it.
Goodman's job is spin. Material he puts out influences Kershner's writing. He calls media reporting strategically important. No matter how lawless and harmful, it gives Israeli policy legitimacy.
INSS and Goodman are tasked with shaping a positive Israeli image. Kershner's articles rely heavily on INSS analysis. Times editors conceal her affiliation. They ignore her consistent bias. She's a walking conflict of interest. Her articles lack credibility.
The Times own ethical policy says:
"Staff members must be sensitive that direct political activity by their spouses".may well create conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts."
"If newsroom management considers the problem serious, the staff member may have to withdraw from certain coverage. Sometimes an assignment may have to be modified or a beat changed."