A New York Times’ editorial page editor in a recent Twitter exchange with a pro-Israel media critic explained why readers should not expect to see op-eds on racism in Palestinian society anytime soon.
After New York Times opinion page staff editor Matt Seaton tweeted out the link to an op-ed published by the paper last week — which was written by an Arab citizen of Israel who detailed what she described as discriminatory policies in the Jewish State — Tamar Sternthal, a director at the pro-Israel media watchdog Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), replied to the editor with a jibe that the paper hadn’t “devoted a piece to Israeli racism in a whole month!”
Here was their exchange:
In a Times of Israel blog post, Sternthal explained her interpretation of Seaton’s words – which she termed a “stunning admission”:
A favored topic at The New York Times is the purported racism of Israeli society at large. It has been the topic, again and again, of Op-Eds, editorials and news stories. Conversely, Times editors seem ever reluctant to approach the subject of Palestinian racism, although there is no dearth of material there. […]
[I]t is now official that the Times Op-Ed pages are not interested in Palestinian racism, incitement, discrimination and ethno-religious purity. As stateless victims, they are beyond scrutiny.
Among the comments posted on Twitter following the Seaton-Sternthal exchange were those which echoed HBO host Bill Maher’s recent criticism of liberals who refrain from criticizing Islam due to "the soft bigotry of low expectations."
CAMERA often criticizes the New York Times coverage of the Middle East which it says has promoted “a distorted picture of the region.”