Morsi Anti-Semitism: Better Late Than Never For the New York Times

Simon Plosker - In a story that was reported by Israeli press, including the Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel, a video from 2010 was released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi opposing peace with “the descendants of apes and pigs.” (See transcript here.)

That the leader of the Arab world’s most powerful and influential state has openly expressed anti-Semitic views and his opposition to peace with Israel was a potentially huge international story. Or was it?

Forbes magazine’s Richard Behar asked the question as to why no American newsrooms deemed Morsi’s comments worthy of attention:

Needless to say, this was HUGE NEWS for American mass media! Only it wasn’t. (Knock, knock, New York Times? Anybody home?) In fact, to be fair to the paper of record, not a single major outlet has covered it. Not AP or Reuters. Not CBS News or CNN. Not Time magazine or U.S. News & World Report. Not the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, or USA Today. Etcetera. And therein lies a story, which this column can only begin to skin open here. …

Undoubtedly, the Cairo and Jerusalem bureaus of the big U.S. media outlets saw the story. But the news only found its way to certain American readers and viewers by getting picked up in Jewish and/or conservative forums over the following days. … Full story at Honestreporting

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