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Action Alert: Demand Fair Coverage by the New York Times!

August 7th, 2014

Today marks one month since the beginning of Israel's latest, horrific attacks on the people of Gaza, resulting in more than 1,800 deaths, including at least 400 children. As many elected U.S. officials double down on providing support for Israeli aggression, it has never been more crucial for people to know the truth about Israel's bombardments, blockade, occupation, and apartheid policies.

That's why when NBC pulled reporter Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza, people like you rallied to send 6,000 emails to get him successfully reinstated. And it's why last week people like you sent more than 10,000 letters to CBS to protest Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer's vile and racist comments dehumanizing Palestinians. Interestingly, Schieffer was "off" Face the Nation the next week and producers are dodging our calls inquiring whether his leave is related to his offensive comments. Even better, Face the Nation included a poignant interview last week with UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl.  It seems your voices were heard.

Now, it is time to hold the New York Times accountable for repeated, biased coverage by journalists immersed geographically and culturally in Israel. Click here to demand fair coverage!

As Palestinian deaths outnumber Israelis' 25:1, headlines consistently focus on Israeli difficulties

A revealing video came to light earlier this week illuminating details about the Times' Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren. It seems Rudoren enjoys a cozy relationship with the pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman and has immersed herself entirely in Jewish-Anglo culture in West Jerusalem, an area which was ethnically cleansed of its indigenous Palestinian population. In fact, the Rudorens live above the home of the Palestinian Karmi family, which was violently expelled during Israel's creation in 1948. Rudoren finally made it to Gaza and rather than giving long overdue voice to the unimaginable suffering endured by Palestinians, she used the article to question the official death toll, omitting Pa"lestinians aged 15-17 from the number of children killed and suggesting that some of those included died naturally or from domestic violence. It is disgraceful that someone so detached from the Palestinian experience could be expected to provide credible coverage of Palestinian life under U.S.-funded Israeli occupation and apartheid. Rudoren's insular and Israel-centric lifestyle explains her consistently slanted coverage, which is but one example of a clear pattern in the Times of misinformation, obfuscation, and false symmetry, as outlined here and here.

In 2005, the Times' Public Editor David Okrent recommended that the Times station a corresponding reporter in the West Bank and Gaza, yet almost a decade later no such action has been taken. It is long overdue for the Times to invest in accurate coverage of this crucial issue by stationing one or more permanent and regularly published reporters in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and Gaza.

Click here to call out Rudoren's biased coverage and call on the Times to invest in eyewitness reporting from occupied Palestine.

NBC and CBS listened; now it's time to call on the New York Times, as one of the nation's leading news sources, to invest in good journalism. Please join us in taking action today.

P.S. Palestinians in Gaza and beyond have called for a Day of Rage this Saturday, August 9, highlighting the need to end the suffocating blockade of Gaza and impose boycotts, divestment, and, most crucially, sanctions on Israel. Read the call and action ideas here.