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Why Did the New York Times Downplay Palestinian Responsibility for Stabbings?

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Why Did the New York Times Downplay Palestinian Responsibility for Stabbings?
(dailyalert.org, Nov. 12, 2014)

The headline in Tuesday’s International New York Times read “Stabbings by Palestinians Raise New Fears in Israel.” But in the domestic edition, the headline was changed to “Palestinians Are Suspected as 2 Israelis Die in Knife Attacks.” The first headline is active (“Palestinian stabs”), while the passive language in the second headline (“Palestinians are suspected”) downplays Palestinian culpability. The first headline states as fact that Palestinians were responsible, while in the second version, Palestinians are only “suspected.”

What is the justification for The Times’ caution? Hours before the editors inserted “suspected” into the headline, Hamas had already claimed responsibility for the killing of soldier Almog Shiloni, while Islamic Jihad had claimed responsibility for the murder of Dalia Lemkus. (CAMERA)

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