Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, called out the New York Times in a recent public remark for putting forward reports along the standard of fake news.
His scathing assessment came via a YouTube video.
Bibi was speaking of an Algemeiner report that faulted the New York Times for its coverage of Hamas. In a May 2 headline, Algemeiner wrote: “new York Times Touts Hamas ‘Moderation,’ Ignores ‘Truly Disgusting’ Video in Which Group Taunts Bereaved Israeli Parents.”
Netanyahy scolded the New York Times — to say the least.
“Netanyahu’s video, published May 7, features the prime minister asking, ‘Ever wonder what fake news is?’
“Netanyahu took the Times to task for its headline touting purported “moderation” by the Hamas terrorist group.
“‘This is a complete distortion of the truth,’ the prime minister says in the video.
“‘Is moving from calling for genocide of all Jews everywhere to calling just for the annihilation of Israel, is that progress, or moderation?’ Netanyahu asks rhetorically. Then he answers his own question: ‘Only if you have no standards whatsoever.’
“‘It’s bad enough that Hamas lies to the world, we don’t also have to lie to ourselves,’ he says.
“The Times, which hyped the so-called Hamas moderation at the top of its front page, buried the news of the Netanyahu video in a single sentence in the 16th paragraph of an article complaining about a reorganization of Israel’s public broadcasting. The article itself appeared inside the newspaper, not on the front page.”
On top of that, the New York Times failed to provide a hyperlink so that readers could view the video themselves, Algemeiner reported.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The Geller Report.