Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Times' Op-Ed "Process" Falls Flat

The New York Times op-ed page today contains a predictable piece on the Gaza withdrawal from a Palestinian shill named Daoud Kuttab -- predictable in the sense of containing blatant falsehoods.

"Many Palestinians compared the kid-glove treatment given to the protesting settlers (who will be handsomely compensated) with the violent response to even peaceful Palestinian protests." When was the last time you heard of a "Palestinian protest" that didn't involve rock throwing or worse?

"Irrespective of the facts that Jewish settlements are illegal and that the Palestinian refugee problem was created by Israeli military force..." Two in one sentence. There is nothing in international law that prevented Jews from moving voluntarily onto state land in Gaza, and the refugee problem was, of course, created by the massive Arab invasion of the new state of Israel.

As I said, nothing new here. Where would a Palestinian propagandist be without lies? There'd be nothing to say otherwise. The problem is that we were just told by the Empty Suit, the New York Times spokesman (a/k/a "public editor") Barney Calame that op-ed pages are carefully edited, not just slapped on the page.

In his much-ridiculed July 17 column, the Times spokesman Calame said that words had been put in the mouth of an Op-Ed page contributor as part of a careful editorial process the Times uses with its "non-professional" writers. Gee, isn't fact-checking part of the "process" at every newspaper?

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