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A Blogosphere Welcome to the NYT’s New Jerusalem Bureau Chief

A Blogosphere Welcome to the NYT’s New Jerusalem Bureau Chief

Jodi Rudoren becomes the NY Times’s new Jerusalem bureau chief in April, but her tweets are already coming under as much scrutiny as anything she wrote when she covered Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign. After Rudoren replied to Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and plugged Peter Beinart‘s book, Marc Tracy and Jeffrey Goldberg advised Rudoren to stop tweeting  “for the

Media Cheat Sheet 10/6/2011

Commentary • NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says Bibi is Israel’s own worst enemy, gives Bill Clinton a shout out. This particular snippet made my antennae twitch this morning: Some of my Israeli friends will think I’m unfair and harsh, applying double standards by focusing on Israeli shortcomings while paying less attention to those of other

Kristof Pleads Guilty to Double Standards

NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof pleads guilty to unfairly holding Israel to a higher standard. After saying that Palestinians in the West Bank should be allowed to vote in Israeli elections, Kristof explains: That’s what democracy means: people have the right to vote on the government that controls their lives. Some of my Israeli friends

UNRWA Report: Intentionally Painting a Bleak Picture

The issue with the UNRWA’s latest report on Gaza uemployment  is more about its timing — the fifth anniversary of Israel’s blockade after Hamas took over the Strip. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness made that clear enough: It is hard to understand the logic of a man-made policy which deliberately impoverishes so many and condemns hundreds of thousands of potentially

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Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax: Pinkwashing Israel and Sock Puppetry Extraordinaire

By now, it’s all over the internet that Gay Girl in Damascus was outed. Amina Arraf — a Syrian lesbian and emerging voice for gay Arabs whose views on the Arab Spring gained prominence in the Western media – is really Tom MacMaster, a heterosexual male, co-director of Atlanta-Palestine Solidarity, now suspended from his Ph.D studies at

2 Reader Reps Discuss Israel Coverage, Say Nothing New

When reader representatives talk about their papers’ Mideast coverage, I pay attention. They don’t touch on the Israel file often enough because it’s one of many issues they juggle. Unfortunately, the public editors of the NY Times and LA Times weighed in on Naksa day reports without saying anything really new. At the Gray Lady, Arthur Brisbane gives

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NY Times Fails to Scrub New Editor’s “Absolute Truth”

What a sloppy way to handle an otherwise routine announcement. Jill Abramson is  replacing Bill Keller as the NY Times’ top editor. Unfortunately, someone at the paper thought Abramson’s excitement was too overboard. As Jay Nordlinger points out, the following quote was removed from the Gray Lady’s announcement: “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for

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