NY Times: ‘Regrettable’ photo choice for story on murder of IDF soldier

A screen shot of the New York Times webpage for its story on the murder of 19-year-old Israeli soldier Eden Atias. The lead photo for the story is of relatives of the suspected Palestinian terrorist who murdered Atias. Credit: Screen shot.

(JNS.org) The New York Times has admitted it made “a regrettable choice” by featuring photo of relatives of the Palestinian terrorist suspected of killing 19-year-old Israeli soldier Eden Atias in its coverage on the recent murder.

“This did not represent the essence of the story, which was clearly the moment of the Israeli soldier being stabbed,” said Michele McNally, assistant managing editor in charge of photography at the newspaper, according to a post by Public Editor Margaret Sullivan.

Before the admission by the Times, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) Executive Director Andrea Levin told JNS.org that her group urged the newspaper’s foreign editor, Joseph Kahn, “to explain the very troubling decision to exclude photos of the distraught family of Eden Atias—of the mother and family members weeping over the coffin of the murdered teenager—in favor of a strikingly sympathetic image of the mother of the perpetrator.” Sullivan, citing McNally, wrote, “The selection of the Palestinian mother’s ‘art’ with the article was an effort to achieve balance, but such an effort was not appropriate in this case.”

CAMERA has published a six-month study of New York Times reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict that says the newspaper has a “clear bias for the Palestinian narrative.” 

“The New York Times’ biased editorial policy pervades every aspect of its news coverage,” CAMERA Senior Analyst Ricki Hollander told JNS.org.  

Posted on November 19, 2013 .