Jews and Judaism in The New York Times

Jews and Judaism in The New York Times

by Christopher Vecsey
     
 

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Jews and Judaism have been profoundly affected by the horrific course of the Holocaust, and by the formation of Israel as a Jewish nation-state. These have been the major themes in the Times' treatment of Judaism, in thousands of articles, from the 1970s to the present.See more details below

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Jews and Judaism have been profoundly affected by the horrific course of the Holocaust, and by the formation of Israel as a Jewish nation-state. These have been the major themes in the Times' treatment of Judaism, in thousands of articles, from the 1970s to the present.

Editorial Reviews

Laurence M. Hauptman
“Because of its founding by Adolph Ochs, a Jew from Chattanooga, and the presence of numerous Jews on staff as reporters since World War II, the New York Times has been accused by some of its critics as presenting a much too favorable and skewed look at Judaism and Israel. In his balanced study of the inner workings of this world class newspaper, Christopher Vecsey shows that the New York Times initially avoided coverage of Jewish subjects, was slow to cover the Holocaust, did not support the establishment of Israel immediately after World War II, and limited bylines for reporters of Jewish faith until the 1950s. He is especially effective in analyzing how the New York Times covered Black-Jewish relations since the 1960s, and more recently, how divisions within the Jewish community were portrayed. In his beautifully written work, Vecsey is especially effective in his treatment of legendary newsmen A. M. Rosenthal and Max Frankel as well as Ari Goldman, Thomas Friedman and others, carefully analyzing how their Judaism affected their writings.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
In this volume Christopher Vecsey explores its coverage of Jews and Jewish issues over a thirty year span, from 1970 through to 2000. Vecsey himself has a connection to the newspaper: his brother George serving as one of its sports reporters for many years. . . .Certainly the inherently useful compilation of data in the coverage of Jewish topics and personalities in the news is deserving of praise.
Vanessa Ochs
“Christoper Vecsey, erudite in matters of journalism, Judaism and Jews, is a brilliant analyst of how the New York Times, in representing the wide range of Jewish experience, has played a powerful role in constructing and transmitting it. An exhilarating read, from start to finish.”

Steven Kepnes
This is a book about jews and Judaism in the greatest Jewish newspaper at the end of what has been called the ‘Jewish century.’ Vecsey mines journalism on Jews and Judaism in the New York Times to present an exhaustive portrait of the issues that have preoccupied American Jews. The lens of New York Times reporting is largely New York and American, but the issues covered range from the Holocaust to the state of Israel, to Jewish Feminism and the varied movements and sects of religious life. Beyond these core issues, however, the book also brings us to deep insights into the roles of Jews in American society, politics, economics, culture, art, humor, and media. Vecsey’s book considers the Jewishness of the Times itself and offers the fascinating insight that the paper’s penchant to focus and refocus, comment and re-comment on an issue has a parallel to the greatest Jewish book of all—the Talmud!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739184707
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
07/18/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
440
File size:
1 MB

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