New York Times Jodi Rudoren Denounces Richard Silverstein

Jodi Rudoren NYT profile pictureDave posted yesterday about Richard Silverstein’s embarrassing climb down over his unfounded and frankly ridiculous claims about the Prisoner X debacle.

The New York Times’s Israel correspondent, Jodi Rudoren, filed her report on this story and it ran in the New York Times. In this she mentions Richard’s false claims that Prisoner X was Iranian. This is what she wrote specifically about Richard Silverstein:

Richard Silverstein, an American blogger, claimed in 2010 that Prisoner X was Ali-Reza Asgari, a former general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and a government minister, who had previously been reported to have defected to Israel and cooperated with Western intelligence agencies. On Tuesday, Mr. Silverstein acknowledged his error, saying his source apparently was part of “a ruse designed to throw the media off the scent of the real story.”

On her Facebook page I asked the following:

Brian of London: Quoting Richard Silverstein’s retraction devalues your piece. As we have proved repeatedly at Israellycool, Silverstein will believe ANYTHING he is fed with zero verification IF it matches his anti Israel agenda.

As we have conclusively proved he is utterly incapable of any independent verification of facts, has been wrong many, many times and continued courtship from the likes of your organ just makes you look stupid because, frankly, he couldn’t look any dumber.

To which she has now replied with the following pretty clear denunciation of Richard Silverstein. It’s clear the only thing she was doing was highlighting the lies and misinformation that he managed to spread.

Jodi Rudoren: To Brian John Thomas and others who have questioned my inclusion of Richard Silverstein’s reporting. I didn’t quote him as an authority, but simply referred to him because of his role in the development of the news story. Until yesterday, some people thought the prisoner was Iranian, which was based on his report. We needed to say that, and then of course needed to say he had acknowledged he was wrong. Including this does not indicate some kind of endorsement of his writing or viewpoints.

This is a spectacular public acknowledgement of the dangerous quality of Richard Silverstein’s proclivity to rush to repeat any lies he is fed by any anonymous source if he thinks they will damage Israel.

Let us hope it signals an end to all main stream media using him as a source of authority on anything more than what he ate for his breakfast.

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Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include electric cars, world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes at the Times of Israel. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News

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  • Gerald

    Why would you trust LimpDickie even as an authority on what he had for breakfast?

    Although mealtimes are the only time he would have had a sauce and that would be either tomato ketchup or brown sauce.

  • anneinpt

    CiFWatch have also got a post up about Tricky Dicky and his misinformation lies and smears.

    I will repost my comment from there:

    My husband just this minute asked me “have you ever heard of a guy called Silverstein? Because he’s explaining all about this mysterious Australian prisoner”. I explained to him about Tricky Dicky and he was quite shocked. I’ve just shown hubby this article to prove my point. He had no idea.

    I was equally shocked that my nearest and dearest had never heard of the fellow and thought he was a genuine journalist – which just goes to show the danger of Dicky and his lies. It’s not only the foolish and gullible who accept what he says at face value. The average person who is not on the internet almost 24/7 like me, or who doesn’t read blogs like CW or Israellycool, has no idea what Dicky is really about.

    We need to get this message out to the MSM, not just amongst ourselves.

    I’m glad the NYT seems to be taking my advice. :-)

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Here’s the issue. The NYT finally devolved into a ‘meta’ commentary of itself. It no longer reports anything except screechy diatribes about what other people blog about their screechy diatribes. It’s the final victory of stupid and because hatred always follows in stupid’s wake, hatred will win out.

  • David

    Hmm, if the mainstream media stop taking him seriously, does this mean he no longer has an excuse to sit around and let his wife pay the bills, and *gasp* actually work?

    • E Pluribus Beagle

      No it means that in the death camps, even the SS and the Ukranians were occasionally shocked by the extreme violence and insanity, over the top by their standards, perpetrated by some of the KAPOs they appointed to the roles themselves.

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  • Jewess

    Has anyone ever seen Richard Silverstein and Jodi Rudoren together? Just sayin’….

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