New York Times Now Finds Ari Fuld’s Death Not Fit for Website Either

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By Ira Stoll

Not only did The New York Times find the murder of Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American who was fatally stabbed last month by a Palestinian Arab, not fit to print, but now the newspaper has taken the additional step of purging from its online archives the wire service accounts of his death.

In an article for The Algemeiner last month, I wrote that a search for “Ari Fuld” on the Times website turned up “a wire-service report by Reuters and another by the Associated Press. But there’s no staff-written report by the Times. The wire service reports did not make it into Monday or Tuesday’s print version.”

Now even those two wire-service reports have been erased from the Times website. Clicking on the links that once brought them up now generates the message, “Page No Longer Available. This news-agency article is no longer available on nytimes.com.”

Some readers thought that I had been too critical of the Times for not assigning its own reporter to the Fuld story. In comments on social media, those readers reasoned that the wire-service accounts online were adequate. But wire-service accounts online differ from printed Times staff-written accounts in important respects. Staff-written accounts remain archived on the Times website, while wire-service articles are routinely deleted after about two weeks. That renders them invisible to historians who might consult the Times in the future.

In addition, some influential readers — including, by many accounts, President Trump — rely exclusively or primarily on the print New York Times. Those readers don’t frequent the Times website.

A few more recent wire-service accounts mentioning the after-effects of Fuld’s killing do remain on the Times website. In a couple of weeks, though, according to the terms of the Times’ deal with the wires, those accounts almost certainly will be vanished too.

Meanwhile, Times print readers have been treated to a succession of op-ed pieces and an editorial denouncing the Trump administration for cutting aid to the Palestinians. “A Vengeful and Shortsighted Act,” one Times staff editorial called it. “The Broken Pieces of Middle East Peace,” was the headline of a Thomas Friedman column. Those editorials and columns remain available on the Times website, unlike the articles about Ari Fuld’s murder.

Had the Times assigned a reporter to the case and published his or her findings, readers might have found out some interesting things. They might have learned that Fuld, despite a reputation as a hardliner, often gave food on Friday to a needy Arab family. They might have learned of reports that the parents of Fuld’s assailant called authorities to warn them of the attack before it happened. They might learn of how the assailant’s family is being compensated and rewarded by the Palestinian Authority. They might have learned how Fuld’s family is coping.

It’s not too late for the Times to publish a follow-up article of its own — ideally, one that might remain in the historical record permanently rather than being erased automatically after a couple of weeks. Fuld will be remembered regardless of what the Times does. But what the Times does will be remembered too.

(c) The Algemeiner Journal

{Matzav.com}

9 COMMENTS

  1. Town safe bias. The new day is bothered.

    Allow the shaft of the Times. It is worthless.

    We can endure this one I think but the sadness is that they get paid.

    Trump can be more than their problem. Ask not what your elevator can bring up to the top floor, ask what trash is riding.

    Shame.

  2. Why do we care what the New York slimes thinks they are worthless human beings along with the rest of the nazis of the world

  3. We had Thomas Friedman speak at an international conference which means he is awesome.

    The speech itself was pointless, but he’s from the NY TIMES so he must be right. And brilliant. And charming. Yawn…..

  4. I would like a full retraction and apology to the NY Times from the author of this article and Matzav that publishes him.
    Mr Stoll’s accuses the the NY Times with broad strokes and strong language whenever they don’t do exactly what he wants.
    However, an unbiased reader of the NY Times will admit that the NY Times does publish many articles on its website and in print regarding Palestinian attacks against Jews in the West Bank.
    There was recently a Palestinian terrorist that murdered 2 Jews in cold blood – Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and Ziv Hagbi.

    The NY Times reported it both on the web (not from AP) and in print.
    The website includes updates to the attack with new information regarding the Israeli effort to apprehend the terrorist.
    In the article there were also a few sentences regarding Ari Fuld.
    “Last month, a Palestinian teenager fatally stabbed Ari Fuld, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Efrat, at the Gush Etzion shopping center. Mr. Fuld, who was well known for his pro-Israel advocacy, was hailed as a hero by many Israelis for possibly helping to save other lives after security cameras showed him chasing and shooting at his assailant after being stabbed in the back.”

    The NY Times has a lot to be criticized for. But I find that many of the criticisms Ari writes about, when seen in the broader picture of how much news the NY Times publishes per year, miss their mark.

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