CAMERA blog, SnapShot:
... judging by [Jodi] Rudoren's recent story about Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike, published online on May 3 and in print the following day, [concerns about her objectivity] 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 other articles in May 4 edition of the New York Times that use the words "terrorist," "terrorist organization," terrorist network" or "terrorist attack" to describe non-Palestinian groups, individuals and attacks: 6
• 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
I'm sorry to say this... I'm sure the good folks and word-counters at CAMERA and SnapShot are very well intentioned, but c'mon! They've been monitoring Dhimmedia for years now and the "reportage" has only gotten worse.
Who in the world expected Jodi Rudoren to be objective rather than typical? I don't understand why that was even a question in anyone's mind.
CAMERA claims that after THIRTY YEARS of its multi-g'zillion-dollar existence, its "combination of rigorous monitoring, research, fact-checking, careful analysis, and grassroots efforts have had a documented impact."
If "documented impact" means garnering newspaper corrections in small print after the fact, that may be true, but the Big Picture has only gotten uglier. We need to rethink a wide range of supposedly helpful efforts and quit doing what doesn't work.
In my humble opinion.