In today’s edition of the New York Times, the Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Jodi Rudoren and two other reporters composed an article bearing the headline: Rockets Target Jerusalem; Israel Girds for Gaza Invasion.
As is too often the case with Middle East reporting, the article suggests that the current violence between Israel and the Palestinians was instigated by the actions of the Israels. Why do so many journalists, even those working for America’s “newspaper of record,” insist on showing their anti-Israel bias in their reporting?
I just sent the following email to Rudoren:
What’s wrong with this statement that you penned Ms. Rudoren: “The rapidly escalating confrontation between Hamas and Israel followed an Israeli air strike on Wednesday that killed the top commander of Hamas, and the tit-for-tat violence is widely seen as a potential catalyst for broader hostilities at a time of spreading turmoil in Syria and elsewhere in the region.”
Really? Israel suddenly, spontaneously decided to take out the Hamas commander? No mention of the hundreds of rockets fired at Israel in the preceding weeks? Why? Why are you trying to blame Israel for this confrontation and absolve Hamas of all responsibility?
That’s not journalism Ms. Rudoren, that subjective, biased reporting. I for one expect more from the New York Times.
Mitchell S. Gilbert