NYT PUBLIC EDITOR CALLS OUT OWN PAPER FOR NOT DISCLOSING OP-ED WRITER’S TERRORISM CONVICTION

[4/19/17]  The New York Times’ public editor called out her own paper Tuesday for publishing an op-ed by Marwan Barghouti without disclosing the fact that Barghouti was convicted in 2004 of killing five Israelis in a terrorist attack.

On Sunday, the Times published an essay by Barghouti complaining about Israeli prison conditions, but left out any mention of his terrorism conviction.

The paper described Barghouti simply as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian” — keeping their readers in the dark about the fact that Barghouti is a convicted terrorist.

Public editor Liz Spayd called out the Times in a column titled, “An Op-Ed Author Omits His Crimes, and The Times Does Too.”

Spayd noted that “a rash of readers have objected — in emails to me and on social media — to what they say was The Times’s distorted characterization of Barghouti.”