New York Times criticized for chart singling out Jewish lawmakers

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( The New York Times is drawing fire for a chart that it published on Thursday about Democratic opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. The chart highlighted the Jewishness of the opposing lawmakers and their Jewish constituencies.

Appearing in the international section of the newspaper under “Lawmakers Against the Iran Nuclear Deal,” the chart listed Congressional Democrats opposing the deal followed by a column headed “Jewish?” Another column showed the lawmaker’s “district and estimated Jewish population.” 

“The newspaper’s decision to signal that Jewishness is the central factor to be scrutinized when looking at opponents of the deal evokes a number of dark and dangerous stereotypes,” the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) watchdog group said in email alert about the chart.

Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the chart was “offensive” and that the newspaper should print an “admission of error.”

The chart “reinforces stereotypes about American Jews and dual loyalty, distracts from real issues,” Greenblatt said.

While the New York Times removed the “Jewish?” column of the chart by Friday, the editor behind the chart stood by his decision.  

New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman said on Twitter, “As I said, I take responsibility for graphic & don't apologize. We kept data, just put it into intro. I’m Jewish.” 

Posted on September 11, 2015 .