What the Times of Israel Calls ‘Journalism’

The Worldnetdaily gleefully links to an article in the Times of Israel and it’s not hard to understand why. The article, headlined Bad Iran deal foretold in ‘blood moon’ celestial signs? is exactly the kind of rubbish they publish every day, plus they’re selling the book about that nonsense.

It’s actually a very long article. Let me show you the only paragraph that even mentions the Iran deal:

He can’t be certain, but the blood moons may have something to do with “the horrible deal they just got with Iran,” he said in a conversation following President Barack Obama’s briefing on Thursday. The deal, which Obama labeled as “historic,” is denounced by the Israeli government as “dangerous capitulation.”

That’s it. In an article of more than a thousand words with the headline talking about the deal with Iran, that’s the only sentence that even mentions the matter. Not a shred of evidence, not even an argument from the guy (Pastor Mark Blitz) making the claim. Just a vague statement that it might “have something to do with” it. No explanation of what it might have to do with it or why anyone would believe that it does. A major world newspaper is showing the journalistic standards of the Worldnetdaily.

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  • colnago80

    Without defending the Times of Israel, which is actually, IMHO, the most reliable source of information on Israel, the New York Times also publishes rubbish by accommodationist defenders of religion. For example, the following example from Nicholas Kristof, who makes Tom Friedman almost look like an intellectual

    http://goo.gl/mlWHfN

  • eric

    Hey SLC, looks like the Times of Israel may have a job opening for you. You may have to moderate your claims so as to make them more believable. Like, say, claiming you arrived at them by examining chicken entrails.

  • felicis

    “…the blood moons may have something to do with…”

    I examined the entrails of a goat and watched the flight of birds, and they say the blood moon had nothing at all to do with the deal with Iran, but instead portends the re-emergence of Brittany Spears as a pop-icon.

  • dingojack

    SLC – Didn’t I say it several times before? The WhirledNutsDaily of Israel.

    (I must be able to figure out films end too — pass the bottomless bowl of spagettio’s).

    😉 Dingo

  • busterggi

    Looks like the late Sylvia Brown is channelling into the editors of the Israel Times.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Hey, if Israel wants to get a better deal out of Iran vis-à-vis nuclear weapons, here’s what they can do: go to Tehran themselves and offer to dismantle their own nukes if Iran give up their nuclear program. Sounds fair to me, and I’m pretty sure the Iranian people would welcome an Israeli drawdown as well.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Colango80:

    Without defending the Times of Israel, which is actually, IMHO, the most reliable source of information on Israel, the New York Times also publishes rubbish by accommodationist defenders of religion.

    Because if A sucks, it’s just fine if B sucks, as long as they suck a little less.

    Have you learned how to think, yet? Apparently not.

  • abb3w

    So, I poked Google to find out who “Mark Biltz” might be, and why anyone in their right mind might give a used rodent sphincter for what he has to say.

    And found this lovely madness decrying him for connections to the Illuminati.

  • marcus

    So, I poked Google to find out who “Mark Biltz” might be, and why anyone in their right mind might give a used rodent sphincter for what he has to say….

    To be fair, I think the reasonable thing to do would be to return his sphincter.

  • colnago80

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #7

    But the New York Times is supposed to be the newspaper of record in the US. Some record. The fact that they publish stuff written by Kristof, Douthat, and Friedman doesn’t speak well of them. Of course, their not so friendly competitors in Washington publish numbnuts like Charles Krauthammer, Fred Hiatt, Robert Samuelson, war criminal Mark Thiessen, and George Will who are even worse. Even Richard Cohen looks like a sane, sensible fellow compared to those guys.

  • colnago80

    Re abb3w @ #8

    I don’t know anything about Blitz but Olivia who wrote the piece you linked to reads like a super nutcase, in addition to being a raging anti-Semite. I would ask her where the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderbergers fit in.

  • colnago80

    Apparently this whackjob’s name is Biltz.

    http://americanloons.blogspot.fr/2010/06/30-mark-blitz.html

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    the New York Times is supposed to be the newspaper of record in the US

    Wow, way to totally not get it. I guess you simply can’t acknowledge the flaws in your thinking because then the cognitive dissonance would hurt too much when you realized you’ve been making an ass of yourself for, what is it, 2 years?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    PS – the New York Times can kiss my ass. They certainly aren’t my newspaper of record.

  • grumpyoldfart

    A major world newspaper is showing the journalistic standards of the Worldnetdaily.

    Newspapers with standards? When has that ever been the case?

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker

    Lunar eclipses occur at the full moon. Passover and Sukot are held at the full moon, 6 months apart.

    Lunar eclipses happen when the earth, moon and sun are in exactly the same plane which naturally tends to occur in series.

    It is not the end of the world, it happens every few decades or so It is called a lunar tetrad and it will happen over a dozen times between 1900 and 2200.

  • Nemo

    But it’s all good, because they put a question mark at the end of the title. They’re just asking questions.

  • Donnie

    @ Marcus Ranum says

    April 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Colango80:

    Without defending the Times of Israel, which is actually, IMHO, the most reliable source of information on Israel, the New York Times also publishes rubbish by accommodationist defenders of religion.

    Because if A sucks, it’s just fine if B sucks, as long as they suck a little less.

    Have you learned how to think, yet? Apparently not.

    Marcus: You forget that logic and reason is like a dog and a squirel when it comes to Israel.

    SLC: Reason and Thought #1

    SLC: Reason and Thought #2

    SLC: Reason and Tho…….

    Offstage: In today’s new, more killings in the Middle East and Israel

    SLC: ……. Israel!!?? …..runs off stage shouting NUKE EM! Kill the infidels!

  • U Frood

    On a historical scale “Blood Moons” are astoundingly common, even tetrads are relatively common. Negotiations between countries are also very common, non-stop in fact.

    Two common things lining up (and by ‘lining up” apparently they mean the Iran deal coming probably a few months after the “Blood Moon”, if it ever actually happens at all) is not even a coincidence.

  • Holms

    Uh oh, someone being critical of an Israeli newspaper fucking anything? Colnago to the rescue with deflections!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Apparently neither the WND nor the ToI picked up on the gay Nazi-Demon story here.

    Alas, modern journalism!