I somehow missed this back when it happened. Last December, the New York Times offered Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu an “op-ed” for the prestigious pages of the “Newspaper of Record”. Through press aide Ron Dermer, Netanyahu declined the offer, stating the reasons in the letter below.
There was no US media coverage of the exchange, at the time or since. But there should have been. The Israeli letter exposes the open anti-Israel bias of the NY Times for all to see.
It comes to light now because of a recent particularly ugly bit of anti-Zionist anti-Semitism in the NYT. Barry Rubin at Pajamas Media points out an article lionizing imprisoned Palestinian terrorists for their heroic hunger strike – without mentioning the murderous crimes that got the into prison.
Anyway, here is the letter
“Dear Sasha, [presumably Op-Ed Page Editor Sasha Polakow-Suransky]
“I received your email requesting that Prime Minister Netanyahu submit an op-ed to the New York Times. Unfortunately, we must respectfully decline.
“On matters relating to Israel, the op-ed page of the “paper of record” has failed to heed the late Senator Moynihan’s admonition that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but that no one is entitled to their own facts. Continue reading ‘A Letter to the Times…’