March 10, 2012 · 0 Comments
By Philip Weiss:
The phones must have been ringing off the hook yesterday at the New York Times.
For many readers of the paper of record were shocked/stunned/pleased to see this photograph by Abbas Momani of Agence France-Presse/Getty Images over four columns at the lefthand top of the front page (over Ethan Bronner’s story about the Iranian issue eclipsing the Palestinian question). The caption said:
“Israeli soldiers fired at Palestinian stone throwers in the West Bank town of Al Ram, near East Jerusalem, last month.”
If you go to that link now, you will find a different caption: ”Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets at Palestinian stone throwers in the West Bank town of Al Ram, near East Jerusalem, last month.”
The article has this addendum:
A picture caption on Thursday with an article about the increasing marginalization being felt by Palestinians in the West Bank referred incompletely to the action of the Israeli soldiers shown. While the soldiers, whose activity was not recounted in the article, were indeed firing rifles at stone throwers in the West Bank town of Al Ram last month, the rifles contained rubber bullets.
As Hemingway said, you really need a good bullshit detector to get anywhere in journalism.
PS: Do I think those soldiers are firing rubber bullets? Yes. Do I think anyone knows just what they were firing? No. Do I think a lot of people with certain affiliations were asserting yesterday that they were firing rubber bullets? Yes.
Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.