The New York Times Unveils New “All-Israel” Section

In a dramatic announcement, The New York Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet today unveiled the paper’s newest section, ‘All Israel.’ “A number of our readers open the paper just to scan for our Israel coverage. Some do it to complain that we are bashing Israel. Others so they can complain that we are not bashing The post The New York Times Unveils New “All-Israel” Section appeared first on The Mideast Beast.

The New York Times Unveils New “All-Israel” Section

In a dramatic announcement, The New York Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet today unveiled the paper’s newest section, ‘All Israel.’ “A number of our readers open the paper just to scan for our Israel coverage. Some do it to complain that we are bashing Israel. Others so they can complain that we are not bashing Israel enough. Now they just need to go right to the ‘All Israel’ Section.”

Dying-media Analyst Rhea Cycle praised the move. “Look, as fewer and fewer people read printed editions, papers have to service this crucial demographic. Surprising though it may seem, print editions don’t have search functions.”

Baquet described how the new section would provide the perfect outlet for the Israel Bureau’s prodigious output. “I know some folks don’t really care about Israel, there are actually a few out there, and they wonder why it gets so much attention. They ask why we give Israel more coverage than other less consequential countries, like France. Or Canada. Why, they ask, did we publish articles on Israeli bus routes, agriculture, and even choice of baby names? They ask whether we’re obsessed.”

Baquet continued, “the answer is that of course we are. How else do you explain our The New York Times’ dozen reporters in a country with a population smaller than Paris? Now those reporters will have a section to call home.”

Asked whether some Israeli reporters might be more needed in under-covered areas like Afghanistan, Syria, China, or Tigray, Baquet grew incredulous. “Beijing’s air is terrible and over 30,000 people are in a famine in Tigray. Where would you rather live, in Africa, Kabul or Tel Aviv. Come on people, show some heart.”

This is not the first experiment at The New York Times with shifting coverage on Israel. During the 2014 Israel-Gaza War, the paper made a calculated decision to move the daily death count to the Sports Section.

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NYT Wins Pulitzer for ‘Watermelons Found on Mars’ Story

The New York Times has won yet another Pulitzer for a retracted story, this time for a mistakenly published report that watermelons found on Mars were planted by a growing population of fruit aliens. The Times pulled down the story within an hour, saying that the post was part of an internal online test that The post NYT Wins Pulitzer for ‘Watermelons Found on Mars’ Story appeared first on The Mideast Beast.

NYT Wins Pulitzer for ‘Watermelons Found on Mars’ Story

The New York Times has won yet another Pulitzer for a retracted story, this time for a mistakenly published report that watermelons found on Mars were planted by a growing population of fruit aliens.

The Times pulled down the story within an hour, saying that the post was part of an internal online test that was inadvertently published. But that didn’t stop the paper from submitting the article to the Pulitzer Prize Board.

“Just as we didn’t let technical, nitpicking questions about the 1619 Project, such as, ‘Is this story completely made up?’ and ‘Have we been forced to issue a correction regarding the story’s main thesis?’ stop us from promoting the project, we are not going forgo promoting this groundbreaking reporting on Martian fruit farms just because it was a failed internal test and completely made up,” said Times editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein. “Anyone who suggests we should is, like all of our paper’s critics, a white supremacist.”

The Pulitzer board soon announced that it had chosen to award the Times for Factual Reporting. Joe Schmoe, the fictional journalist whose byline was attached to the story, was given a MacArthur Genius Grant.

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