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Published on May 9th, 2012 | by JLedger


By the Numbers: Jodi Rudoren’s Palestinian Prisoner Article

The following article was posted on “Snapshots,” the blog of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

Even before Jodi Rudoren began her tenure as the New York Times’ bureau chief in Jerusalem, serious concerns were raised about her objectivity.
Here at Snapshots we said, “Only time will tell whether [those] concerns will be borne out.”
Unfortunately, judging by Rudoren’s recent story about Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, published online on May 3 and in print the following day, those concerns are certainly being borne out.

Below we take a look at the piece by the numbers:

  • Number of quoted words by Palestinian supporters of Palestinian prisoners: 269
  • Number of quoted words by Israelis explaining the rationale behind administrative detention (or anything else): 0
  • Number of words by Rudoren (or anyone else) discussing Israeli rationale behind administrative detention: 0
  • Number of paragraphs before Rudoren gets around to letting readers know that the stars of her article are members of Islamic Jihad: 14
  • Countries and groups that list Islamic Jihad as a terrorist organization include: The United States, Canada, The European Union, The United Kingdom and Australia.
  • Rudoren’s description of Islamic Jihad: “a radical and militant Palestinian faction.”
  • Number of people murdered by Islamic Jihad: Hundreds
  • Number of rockets fired at Israeli cities and towns by Islamic Jihad: Hundreds
  • Number of references in the article to those attacks: 0
  • Number of days after extremist activist Ali Abunimah complained to Rudoren on Twitter about lack of coverage of the prisoners’ hunger striker before Rudoren authored what Abunimah endorsed as her “must read” report: 4


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