‘Low point in history’: Critics blast NY Times over ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon & more
President Donald Trump fired back at the New York Times over an ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon targeting him, but the US newspaper of record is also catching flak left and right over its strange takes on Christians, Jews and ‘Russiagate.’
The Times apologized on Monday for a cartoon depicting Trump as a blind man (wearing a yarmulke, a Jewish skullcap) being led around by a dog with facial features of the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump tweeted back that he never got an apology from the Times for the cartoon – or “all of the Fake and Corrupt news they print on a daily basis.” He called it a “low point” in the paper’s history.
The New York Times has apologized for the terrible Anti-Semitic Cartoon, but they haven’t apologized to me for this or all of the Fake and Corrupt news they print on a daily basis. They have reached the lowest level of “journalism,” and certainly a low point in @nytimes history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2019
His adviser Kellyanne Conway chimed in, with a reminder that the Times had also described the Body of Christ rescued from the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire as a “statue of Jesus,” in either an extremely unfortunate translation error or appalling ignorance of one of the major world religions.
The Times has also produced some troublesome takes about Jews, NBC News analyst Howard Fineman pointed out, declaring that “Something’s awry” at the Times. Among the examples he brought up were a troubling editorial just before Easter and the coverage of Saturday’s shooting at a Poway, California synagogue that killed one person.
Something’s awry at @nytimes. It publishes an op-ed claiming that Jesus wasn’t Jewish; a Streicher-like anti-Semitic cartoon; buries the California synagogue shooting story on page 17 of the print paper during the days of Holocaust Remembrance.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) April 28, 2019
Long considered the “newspaper of record” in the US, the NY Times prides itself on “all the news that’s fit to print.” In the two years since Trump’s election, however, it appears to have jumped on the bandwagon of identity politics and made questionable hiring decisions.
This is not the first time it ran a tone-deaf and offensive cartoon targeting Trump, either – there was a mini-scandal last November with a cartoon calling Trump’s deployment of troops on the US-Mexico border a political ploy for the midterm elections.Also on rt.com ‘Enrolled to fight in Mideast’, not defend borders? NYT roasted over anti-Trump cartoon of US troops
Journalist and author George Szamuely argued the April 27 cartoon does not meet the strict definition of anti-Semitism and that legitimate questions exist about Trump’s pro-Israel policies. He did not defend the paper, however, blasting it the very next day for a “BS article” about “Russian hacking” under a “lurid headline.”
You have to read to the end of the article to appreciate the BS it is. But of course, few will go beyond the lurid headline. https://t.co/oSvvcKkdqe— George Szamuely (@GeorgeSzamuely) April 28, 2019
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