Watchdog of the Week: The Flavor of Biased Journalism

For taking action and achieving a revised headline in the New York Times, our latest Watchdog of the Week is Alan Schleider of Neve Daniel, Israel. Here’s how he did it:

Alan saw the following headline in the New York Times on a culinary story.

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He sent an e-mail to NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren and sent a copy to me. Here’s his e-mail:

Hello Ms. Rudoren,

Palestine?  Ahem, Palestine?

Why are you editorializing in the title of this article by utilizing a name for a country that does not exist with that name – and never has existed as an independent country with that name?


I wrote about the issue on my Israel National News blog.

Rudoren responded to him saying that she had not written the headline. It was an editor in Asia who decided that it was appropriate to refer to “Palestine” in the headline as if it were an independent country.

But Alan’s e-mail seems to have sparked a reaction. Here is what the headline looked like later in the day:


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Nice work. (Although grammatically it does need some help.)

Now, if they can just change the description of Hamas in the article. See the INN post for more details.

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