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Monday, February 23, 2004

Chomsky in today's New York Times

Anti-Israel screed published before we've even buried all the victims of yesterday's attack

From: Anne Lieberman
To: public@nytimes.com
Subject: Re: NYT coverage of terrorist bombing reprehensible
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 14:33:44 -0700

Dear Mr. Bovino,

I am sure you and Mr. Okrent have your hands full. You needn't make any further effort to answer my earlier concern about the anti-Israel bias of an article in the Times January 15th.

After reading Noam Chomsky's anti-Israel screed (published as an Op-Ed) in the Times today, just one day after the mass murder of Israelis on a public bus, I simply give up on the New York Times.

It is rotten to the core.

Anne Lieberman

----- Original Message -----
From: Public
To: Anne Lieberman
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2004 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: NYT coverage of terrorist bombing reprehensible

Dear Ms. Lieberman,

Did you hear back regarding your concern?

Sincerely,
Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor


Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 20:04:33 -0500
To: Anne Lieberman
From: public@nytimes.com
Subject: Re: NYT coverage of terrorist bombing reprehensible

Dear Ms. Lieberman,

I apologize for the delay but the foreign editor and deputy editor positions have changed hands in the past month.
I am relaying your message to Mr. Okrent.

Sincerely,
Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times


At 10:24 AM 2/12/2004, you wrote:

Dear Messrs. Okrent and Bovino,

It's been almost a month, and I've heard nothing. I didn't really expect to, but let's go through the motions anyway, shall we?

Anne Lieberman



At 10:57 PM 1/15/2004, you wrote:

Dear Mr. Bovino,

Thank you very much for your response and for your efforts. I look forward to hearing from someone within two weeks.

Anne Lieberman



----- Original Message -----
From: Public
To: Anne Lieberman
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 4:32 PM
Subject: Re: NYT coverage of terrorist bombing reprehensible

Dear Ms. Lieberman,

Thank you for your message.

I have forwarded your concerns to Alison Smale, acting foreign editor.
If you have not heard anything from us within two weeks please let me know.

Sincerely,

Arthur Bovino
Office of the Public Editor


At 12:27 PM 1/15/2004 -0700, you wrote:

Dear Daniel Okrent:

I find the New York Times coverage of the recent terrorist bombing in Israel reprehensible. I refer specifically to
"Gaza Mother, 22, Kills Four Israelis in Suicide Bombing" by Greg Myre www.nytimes.com/2004/01/15/international/middleeast/15MIDE.html

While it is deemed newsworthy that "After the bombing, her husband was seen crying outside the family home," there is no mention made whatsoever of even just the names of those who were murdered. As an American Jew with relatives in Israel, nothing is more important to me than WHO was killed.

And if the Times covers who is crying and where, regarding the murderer, please explain to me why the grief of the innocent victims of the terror attack is omitted. This appears to be continuation of the perpetual bias of the New York Times against Israel, Israeli sovereignty, Israeli people, Jewish existence, sanity and civilization in general.

I'd like to point out also that this story omitted important facts:

1. that four of the seven wounded were Palestinians,

2. that the bombing damaged the Palestinian economy by causing thousands of Palestinians to be prevented from going to work in Israel, and

3. that Abu Ala, the prime minister of the PA, did not condemn the bombing

Nor do I see any coverage of the fact that this attack represents a new twist in terrorist relations: both Fatah and Hamass claimed responsibility. Might this this new collaboration be significant? What are the implications?

Finally, I would like to juxtapose these criticisms with the fact that the Times ran an entire article on a rabbi who defends blocking Israeli bulldozers (see http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Rabbis-Protest.html).

Such bias against Israel is despicable and inexcusable. There was a time when I would have expected much more balance from the New York Times; that was a long time ago.

Sincerely,

Anne Lieberman
Boulder, Colorado