Taking it to the New York Times
Advocates of getting in the face of the mainstream media when they behave outrageously have something to cheer about. CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, has put up a giant billboard across the street from the New York Times Headquarters building, challenging that newspaper's reporting on Israel, asking, "Would a great newspaper slant the news against Israel?"
Photo credit: Twitter / @JCCWatch*
Those employees of the New York Times who care to go the website featured at the bottom of the billboard will find examples of the Times' misreporting, such as:
CLAIM: In The Times news pages, a reporter claimed that "with the peace process at a standstill and Israel's separation barrier and network of checkpoints long a fixture of the landscape, contacts between the two peoples have dwindled. Fewer Palestinians work inside Israel" (Jodi Rudoren, "A Tour Puts a City in Reach and at Arm's Length," March 26, 2013).
FACT: According to recent statistics, contacts between Palestinians and Israelis, whether through work or healthcare, have not dwindled but have steadily increased. "More than 930,000 Palestinians went through passageways into Israel in 2012, representing a continuing trend in recent years... tens of thousands of movements were recorded at passageways for the purpose of family visits and traveling in Israel, receiving medical care Israeli hospitals, commerce and employment for Palestinian workers and merchants in Israel" (Israel Civil Administration, "930,000 Palestinians Pass Through Israel," March 11, 2013).
The number of Palestinians granted permits to work in Israel has been steadily increasing and is at a peak since the start of a violent Palestinian intifada in 2000. The numbers of Palestinians receiving healthcare within Israel has been steadily rising as well.
The New York Times was informed of its error. It chose not to correct.
CLAIM: On the Opinion pages, columnist Thomas Friedman insisted that former Animals singer Eric Burdon decided to start "boycotting Israel over the occupation issue." He also claimed that "Israel's Jewish settlers" assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Thomas L. Friedman, "Daring to Fail," Aug. 7, 2013).
FACT: Eric Burdon performed in concert to a packed Zappa Shuni Amphitheater in Binyamina on Aug. 1, 2013 - a week before Friedman's column ran. He made clear that he never joined any boycott of Israel, and that a temporary cancellation was not in protest of Israeli policies, but rather a result of threats received by his publicist.
FACT: Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, was not a settler. He lived in the Israeli city of Herzliya, within Israel's pre-1967 boundaries.
There is much more.
The Algemeiner features an interview with the authors of the indictment of the Times featured on the CAMERA website.
*Update: Andrea Levin of CAMERA has identified the origin of the picture, taken from the New York Times HQ:
Seems the image taken from inside the NYT was by The Times' Peter Lattman, Media Editor, who tweeted to Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and a former NYT correspondent.
Steven I Weiss, from the Jewish Channel, responded: "Congratulations on generating the donations needed to pay for the ad with your tweets"
Weiss included a tweet to New Republic's Marc Tracy.
This means CNN, The New Republic and Jewish TV had the story Thurs afternoon as the billboard went up.
Hat tip: Karin McQuillan