Mar
09
2012

Israel in the NYT Corrections Box

Anyone who doubts the extent of pressure on media outlets when it comes to covering Israel should pick up the New York Times. In yesterday's Times (3/8/12), we saw this correction: Because of an editing error, an article on Wednesday about a large lobbying effort on Capitol Hill Tuesday by delegates to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee referred incorrectly to the organization, known as AIPAC. It is a pro-Israel lobbying group that works in the United States to advance Israel's interests. It does not work directly for the state of Israel or its government. This […]

Mar
17
2009

NYT, WaPo 'Reticent' on NIC Uproar

As "the American foreign policy community worked itself into something resembling a frenzy over the appointment of Charles W. 'Chas' Freeman to chair the National Intelligence Council"–because "at stake was, if not a direct policy battle of huge consequence, a real struggle over the range of viewpoints that will be permitted in an official government position"–Greg Marx says (CJR.org, 3/13/09) that "if you get your news from the New York Times, you were totally oblivious to this story as it unfolded": To recap: On February 19, Laura Rozen reported on Foreign Policy's website that Freeman, who is known for his […]

Mar
12
2009

Israel Lobby? No Such Thing….

In the wake of Charles Freeman's withdrawal from consideration for a top intelligence post, the Washington Post today published and editorial headlined "Blame the 'Lobby'": For the record, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee says that it took no formal position on Mr. Freeman's appointment and undertook no lobbying against him. If there was a campaign, its leaders didn't bother to contact the Post editorial board. This is true–no one was talking to the editorial board. They were talking toreporters–at least, that's what one learns elsewhere in the Post today: For example, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), often […]