My letter to the New York Times Public Editor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Sullivan is the fifth public editor appointed by The New York Times. The public editor works outside of the reporting and editing structure of the newspaper and receives and answers questions or comments from readers and the public, principally about news and other coverage in The Times. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.
Dear Ms. Sullivan:
I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that the New York Times has succumbed to Israeli hasbara (propaganda).
The New York Times published a story on Mar.4 about an American deported from the Cairo Airport. The writer mentioned the American’s goal of traveling to the occupied Gaza Strip. (U.S. Activist Says Egyptian Police Assaulted Her, by David D. Kirkpatrick). But you won’t find the original story online.
On Mar.7, the NYT issued a correction, telling readers that the Gaza Strip is not occupied. Read my blog post to see the correction. You won’t find the correction online either because on Mar. 9, the NYT removed the “correction notice” and now you’ll only see the “massaged version” on the NYT website without any mention of occupied Gaza.
Israel hasbara (propaganda) is trying furiously to remove the term “occupation” from our discourse about Palestine. Looks like the New York Times has succumbed to this hasbara.