The New York Times has faced intense criticism throughout the final months of 2023 over its coverage of the war between Israel and Gaza following the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack.
The Times began to stir up anger when the horror unfolded in southern Israel on October 7, immediately describing Palestinians as the victims with the headline “Gaza has suffered under 16 years of blockade.”
But perhaps the Gray Lady’s biggest mistake during Israel’s war with Hamas was her botched coverage of the explosion at a Gaza hospital.
The Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry said Israel bombed the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital with an airstrike, killing more than 500 civilians. Later reports and intelligence revealed that it was an explosion in the hospital parking lot resulting from a dud rocket fired by Hamas ally Islamic Jihad, resulting in a death toll far lower than that alleged by Hamas. Initial reports from the Times and others prompted several Arab leaders to cancel meetings with President Biden and sparked riots outside the U.S. and Israeli embassies in the Middle East.
While many news outlets wholeheartedly echoed the Hamas narrative, the Times stood out with its booming headline that read “Israeli Strike Kills Hundreds in Hospital, Palestinians Say” and even included an unrelated photo of the rubble of a bombed building from a separate incident.
The following week, the Times published an editor’s note admitting that it relied “too much” on Hamas’ version of events.
The conclusion of the Hamas disinformation campaign drawn by New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg was that “it is impossible to know what to believe in this hideous war.”
Former Times reporter Alison Leigh Cowan has accused her ex-employer of committing a “modern-day blood libel” with her erroneous reporting. Free Press editor Bari Weiss, a former Times opinion page editor, criticized the paper for “publishing Hamas PR” and for its subsequent “gentle non-apology.”
Even after this unflattering episode, the Paper of Record’s coverage of the war continued to raise eyebrows. While reporting on Hamas sympathizers tearing down posters of Israeli hostages in cities and college campuses across the country, the Times described anti-Israel vandalism as “its own form of protest — a release valve and also a provocation on the part of those who are distressed by what is happening.” They say it is about the mistreatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government in the years leading up to October 7 and since the bombing of Gaza began.
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