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New York Times Apologizes for 'Regrettable' Story on Murder of IDF Soldier

The Times have acknowledged that depicting a picture of a murderer's mother draws attention away from the real victim, 18-year-old IDF soldier Eden Atias

By: Zak Edwards
Published: November 19th, 2013 in News » World
The picture the Times used for the article, which shows the mother of the murderer of Eden Atias

Last week, a truly tragic event transpired when a 16-year-old Palestinian illegal stabbed and killed an 18-year-old Israeli soldier, Eden Atias, while he was sleeping on a bus.

Atias had been in the IDF not even a full two weeks.

Several news publications covered the story, most of which presented it as a terrorist attack on an innocent victim, except of course, for Hamas-related and other terror-affiliated publications. A Hamas spokesman had glorified the attack saying it "was a natural response to the crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people and proof of the failure of political negotiations."

The New York Times also covered the story, which they've now admitted that their method of presenting it was “regrettable.” The Times’ Wednesday story, “Attack on Israeli Worsens Tensions With Palestinians” featured a picture of the mother of the stabber in an “attempt to add balance” to the story. Reaction from readers the world over, however, has prompted the Times to apologize.

As the apology story says, the picture was “failing to put the focus where it belonged.”

The focus, of course, should be on the IDF soldier, an innocent victim who did nothing to instigate the incident. This unfortunately is not the first instance of bias towards Palestinians in The New York Times. A report by CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has concluded, after a six month survey of the Times, that there is a “clear bias for the Palestinian narrative.”

The Times’ attempt to balance the story depicts not only how these stories are able to maintain neutrality, but also how placing stories into a larger context can prove difficult in the short space of a single newspaper article. While the perspective of the mother of the murderer is a valid angle, there remains a need to not lose sight of the horror committed.

In this case, the IDF soldier stabbed to death on a bus for simply wearing his uniform must not be placed to the side to maintain certain biases.

Related articles: Jewish News, Palestinian, New York Times, IDF, Israel News, Eden Atias
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