Friday, February 24, 2006

The NYTimes, Other Journalists Anti-Semitic?

U.S. journalists urged to apologize to Jews

More than 70 leading American journalists sign petition urging Newspaper Association of America to acknowledge failure of U.S. journalists to aid Jewish refugee journalists trying to flee Nazi regime in 1930s.

More than 70 of the United States' leading journalists signed a petition urging the Newspaper Association of America to apologize for failing to aid Jewish journalists who escaped the Nazi regime at the end of the 1930s.

The journalists based their petition on a study conducted by Laurel Leff, a journalist professor from Northeastern University and author of the book "Buried By The Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper," in which she studied the New York Times' coverage of the Holocaust.

In her research, Leff described how American journalists, professors and newspaper publishers refused to aid Jewish journalists fleeing Germany's Nazi regime. As opposed to doctors and lawyers, who established committees in a bid to assist their oppressed colleagues, Jewish journalists from Europe were ignored.
They're not anti-semitic. Why, if they had helped the Jews fleeing Nazi regimes, it would have made them look biased.

Instead, this balanced reaction makes them historically objective. Or maybe just objectionable.

The petition already has some heavy hitting signatories, including Nicholas Lemann, Leon Wieseltier and Marvin Kalb. Considering, though, that the NYTimes still has not returned Walter Duranty's Pulitzer for covering up the truth from the American public during the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 in the Soviet Union on ideological grounds (because he wanted to make communism look successful), I doubt very much that the NYTimes will admit anything this - true.

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