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Thursday, December 26, 2013

New York Times wins 2013 Dishonest Reporting Award

The New York Times has won the 2013 Dishonest Reporting Award.

The New York Times has captured the 2013 Dishonest Reporting Award, given annually by HonestReporting to the journalist or media outlet most responsible for skewing coverage of Israel during the past year.

The Times distinguished itself throughout the year by publishing news articles that glorified Palestinian stone throwers, opinion pieces that questioned Israel's right to exist and editorials that took a dismissive tone towards Israeli fears of a nuclear Iran.

It also added an anti-Israel conspiracy theorist to its editorial board and capped the year with a flourish by publishing a sympathic photo of a Palestinian terrorist's mother in a story about the terrorist's victim.

HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams said the New York Times was the clear winner for 2013. "It has really outdone itself this year," he said. "While the paper's motto may be "All the News That's Fit to Print," the reality is that too much of its Israel reporting was simply not fit to print."

Runners-up in 2013 included Amira Hass of Haaretz for referring to stone throwing by Palestinians as a "metaphor of resistance," German newspaper , Süddeutsche Zeitung, for depicting Israel as a demon in a political cartoon, and the BBC for its botched coverage of a UN report blaming Hamas for the death of a child in Gaza.

Congratulations to the New York Times on this richly deserved honor. 

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