NYT Cheers Islamic Jihad

Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief of the New York Times, visited Gaza recently and returned with a puff piece about one of its Palestinian terrorist groups, Islamic Jihad (“Islamic Jihad Gains New Traction in Gaza — Militant Group, Smaller than Hamas, Wins Key Allies and Public Support” pages 6 and 12 in Sunday, May 4 edition)

The lead paragraph sets the stage and tone for Rudoren going ga-ga over Islamic Jihad — “Shortly before midnight, seven black-masked young men in camouflage stood in a field of waist-high weeds; Kalashnikov rifles pointed toward the Mediterranean Sea a half-mile away.”