Posted: 10/11/2015 9:36:00 PM
Author: Yarden Frankl
Source: This article Originally ap[eared on the Honestreporting website on Oct. 11, 2015.
Jerusalem Through The Lens of the New York Times
by Yarden Frankl
Anti-Israel media bias is not only misleading, it can be downright dangerous.
A recent article in the New York Times shows just how deadly bad journalism can be.
Originally, the Times questioned whether the First and Second Ancient Jewish Temples existed.
Realizing the mountains of evidence that point to their existence, the Times issued a correction.
Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 1.08.47 PMBut even the corrected version lent credibility to those who question the very existence of the Temples.
Many Palestinians, suspicious of Israel’s intentions for the site, have increasingly expressed doubt that the temples ever existed — at least in that location.
But the precise spot within the contested site that the Temples stood is not at issue. The New York Times, one of the most prominent news publications in the world, gave credibility to those who doubt the Temples’ very existence. This is about much more than an archaeological debate, it speaks to the legitimacy of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Since far more people will see the original story than the correction, the damage has been done.
Arab leaders have made the charge that the Temples never existed on the Temple Mount repeatedly.