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The New York Times and the Palestinian Conflict

The New York Times Facebook Opinion Page recently posted an editorial about how the Texas Board of Education had approved history textbooks that minimized the evils of slavery. The author noted the overuse of the passive voice and grammatically ambiguous wording to avoid assigning blame (i.e., “Slaves were sometimes tortured” instead of “Slaveowners sometimes tortured their slaves”). Here was my response:

Wow, how Texas teaches the history of slavery is sure one-sided and despicable. Kind of how the New York Times coverage of Israel is one-sided and despicable. Here are some example of passive voice, grammatically ambiguous headlines from their coverage of the Palestinian conflict:

Palestinian Man Fatally Shot in Confrontation with Israeli Police [no mention of knife attack leading to his death]
West Bank: Palestinian is Killed [Original Reuters headline: Israeli troops in West Bank raid kill Hamas man, say he had bomb]
Ax Attack Kills Teen in West Bank
Rocket Fired From Gaza Kills Woman in Southern Israel
Rockets Hit Israel Whose Strikes Kill 5
Suicide Attack in Israel Kills One
Rocket Hits City in Israel as Bush Hails Anniversary
Strikes Kill Israeli Worker and 4 Year Old Child
Rocket Hits Israel Breaking Hamas Truce

As a Jew, I rarely quote the New Testament. However:

“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”