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Coming Soon to a City Near You: CAMERA Interactive Briefings on Countering New York Times Pronounced Anti-Israel Bias

BOSTON (Jan. 6, 2013)— “It’s now a matter of record that ‘the newspaper of record,’ The New York Times, has an abiding anti-Israel bias,” says Andrea Levin, national president and executive director of CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting America. “Our new monograph, ‘Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict; A July 1 – December 31, 2011 Study’ demonstrates beyond a doubt The Times’ skewing of Israeli-Palestinian news.”

A “disproportionate, continuous and embedded indictment of Israel dominated New York Times news and commentary during the six months covered by our new study,” Levin added. By a more than two-to-one ratio the nearly 200 news articles and 20 opinion pieces reviewed reflected an unprofessional slant, she said. “The Times employed a double standard that, in contradiction to underlying facts, tended to blame Israel and exculpate Palestinian Arabs for violence, incitement and diplomatic failure.”

CAMERA senior research analysts Gilead Ini and Ricki Hollander co-authored “Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.” Ini observed that “when The Times tilts as chronically as it does, readers can be deceived about the nature of the conflict. When other news media emulate the newspaper, the distortion is magnified.”

Nationwide distribution of the 100-page monograph, in hard copy and digitally, is underway, Levin said. It is available for purchase from Amazon.com.

The tour includes Boston, MA on January 24, 2013; Rockville, MD and Washington, D.C. on January 31; New York City, February 13; Chicago, IL on February 26; Los Angeles, CA, on March 28; and other locations with dates to be announced.

The study’s executive summary can be found online at:

http://www.camera.org/images_user/pdf/
NYT%20study%20exec%20summary_ind.pdf .

“The New York Times decision to minimize and obscure news of the Holocaust is well-known,” co-author Hollander noted. “It’s erroneous portrayal of anti-Jewish violence by African Americans in Crown Heights in 1991 and similar discounting of the anti-Israeli terrorism of the second intifada from 2000 to 2005 continued this pattern. ‘Indicting Israel’ confirms that The Times still has a problem reporting news about Jews and the Jewish state. Our exposé will give readers the information they need to demand reform.”

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