Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Moral Equivalence in the New York Times

"A picture is worth a thousand words," goes the old saying, and the four pictures used by the New York Times today, in its article on the Dimona suicide bombing, made the following statement: that there is moral equivalence between the victims and perpetrators of terrorism.

The online version of the article is here, but it does not have the photo array that there was in the print edition. In print, the Times showed four photographs -- one of the suicide attack, one of Israelis in Dimona, one of the tearful mother of one of the bombers and the other of Arabs throwing stones at the Gaza-Egypt border.

In this farcical attempt at "even-handedness," the Times demonstrates its morally corrupt practice of showing equivalence between the victims of terrorism and the terrorists themselves.

It would be the same as showing a photo of the victims of Auschwitz and the poor grieving mothers of the SS men who committed the persecution. I can't think of a better example of the Times's biased coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.