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April 5, 2011

NY Times: We turned down a different version of Goldstone retraction

Newspaper denies reports that it rejected the opinion piece which was later published in the Washington Post in which Goldstone expresses contrition for some of the accusations his UN report made against Israel.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/goldstone_report/article/ny_times_we_turned_down_a_different_version_of_goldstone_retraction_2011040

Ex-South African Judge Richard Goldstone

Ex-South African Judge Richard Goldstone

The New York Times has denied rumors that it refused to print an opinion piece authored by jurist Richard Goldstone in which he retracted some of the statements made in his UN Human Rights Council report on the war between Israel and Gaza in 2008-2009, political columnist Ben Smith reports in Politico.

A New York Times spokesperson stated in an e-mail that the paper did, in fact, receive an op-ed submission from Goldstone on March 22, but that the piece that he submitted at that time was significantly different from the one that he eventually published in the Washington Post on April 3.

A source close to the New York Times told the Politico website that the major difference between the two versions was that the op-ed that was originally submitted to the paper did not include the “crucial repudiation of the report’s central thrust.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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