Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting - FAIR:
"Over the past 18 months, the New York Times has dedicated 21 columns and articles to the subject of conservatives’ free speech on campus, while only three covered the silencing of college liberals or leftists. A review of Times articles, columns, op-eds and reports shows a clear emphasis on documenting and condemning perceived suppression of conservative voices at American universities, while rarely mentioning harassment campaigns against leftist professors and/or the criminalization of leftist causes such as the pro-Palestinian BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement. ...

Professors silenced or fired over anti-Israel activities, like Berkeley’s Paul Hadweh or SUNY Plattsburgh’s Simona Sharoni, were not covered, much less defended, in the Times during the study period. The broader trend of anti-BDS activity threatening college free speech was almost never touched upon, and when it was, it was given only a fraction of the pearl-clutching reserved for the lack of far-right professors or the mean things said about Trump supporters by undergrads. ...

On the dubious altar of 'ideological diversity,' the paper of record sacrifices any sense of proportionality. With alt-right and neo-Nazi elements on the march—and a White House that’s at the very least sympathetic to them—the Times focuses its tremendous influence, time and again, on creating a space in academia for reactionary, racist and sexist views that are wildly overrepresented in almost every other sector of society."

-->Carrying water for the Alt-Right? Not really so surprising, as the NYT has always attacked progressives on the nation's campuses.  


Common Dreams:
"As some of America's most prominent corporate media outlets continued their lengthy blackout of Yemen's deepening humanitarian crisis—a catastrophe made possible by the U.S. government's enthusiastic military and political support for Saudi Arabia's years-long assault on the starving nation—the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday reportedly killed more than 50 people and injured over 100 more in a massive bombing campaign targeting the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. ...

'It is a very painful sight, parts of bodies are everywhere around the hospital gates,' an eyewitness told Reuters, as Yemeni journalists and American activists intensified calls for the U.S. media to stop looking the other way while the Trump administration fuels the ongoing massacre of Yemenis with weaponry and intelligence."

-->The NYT can't help itself. It's editorial staff is so closely tied to the Pentagon that some of its writers are known to have gotten paid by the government. 

Here is a typical NYT article entitled "Savage Chaos in Yemen War, And All Sides Spread Blame." In the piece we learn that "... like so much of Yemen's civil war, many elements of the multiple attacks on Thursday remain hazy: who was responsible, and who or what was the intended target." One country was nowhere to be seen in the article. The same country that is supplying the war planes, refueling them in flight, and making the bombs. Could it be the US? Oh, the NYT's fog of war! 


The Guardian UK:
"Activists who attempted to sail a fishing boat carrying aid to Gaza but were intercepted by the Israeli navy have complained of violence during a boarding operation.

Israel held the 20 foreigners and the boat after they arrived several dozen miles off the coast of Gaza on Sunday and were in the process of releasing and deporting the crew, the group said. Most of those on board Al Awda, which means The Return in Arabic, were held in prison, while two Israelis on the vessel were released on bail.

Freedom Flotilla said the Norwegian-flagged boat had been surrounded by '12 military vessels with hundreds of armed soldiers'. 'Some participants were repeatedly tasered, including in the head. Others were punched or had their head beaten against a wall by IOF soldiers. Zip-cuffs were used in a manner which cut off circulation,' "

-->The NYT didn't cover any of this story, bound as they are by an umbilical cord to the right wing government of Israel's apartheid state. 

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