New York Times in Panic Mode As ‘Hamas Mass Rape’ Hoax Implodes


by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

The New York Times is in panic mode because their fake story about “Hamas committing mass rape” on October 7th was debunked in real time and triggered an internal revolt in their own newsroom.

The atrocity propaganda tale was supposed to provide a pretext for Israel’s genocidal ethnic cleansing campaign in Gaza the same way Judith Miller’s lies about Saddam Hussein having WMDs in the NY Times were used to con America into the war in Iraq.


The Times is reportedly now launching an internal “witch hunt” to find the leaker(s) in their own organization who are refusing to help launder their latest atrocity propaganda hoax.

From Vanity Fair:

New York Times Launches Leak Investigation Over Report on Its Israel-Gaza Coverage

Management has questioned staffers, including Daily producers, after The Intercept revealed internal debate over a yet-to-air episode on Hamas weaponizing sexual violence. Such a probe is highly unusual, say staffers, one of whom dubbed it a “witch hunt.”


The New York Times is conducting a leak investigation following a report in The Intercept about a yet-to-be-aired episode of The Daily addressing explosive claims of sexual violence committed by Hamas on October 7. Management in recent weeks has pulled at least two dozen staffers, including Daily producers, into meetings in an attempt to understand how internal details about the podcast’s editorial process got out, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The investigation, I’m told, is being led by Charlotte Behrendt, the paper’s director of policy and internal investigations.

In late January, The Intercept reported that the Times had planned to air an episode of The Daily weeks earlier that was based on a December Times investigation, led by Pulitzer Prize–winner Jeffrey Gettleman and coauthored by freelancers Anat Schwartz and Adam Sella, about how Hamas “weaponized sexual violence” in the October attack on Israel. But the paper shelved that episode “amid a furious internal debate about the strength of the paper’s original reporting on the subject,” according to The Intercept, which noted that a new script was drafted that “offered major caveats, allowed for uncertainty, and asked open-ended questions that were absent from the original article, which presented its findings as definitive evidence of the systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.” The Intercept’s Daniel Boguslaw and Ryan Grim suggested that producers and the paper faced a conundrum: “run a version that hews closely to the previously published story and risk republishing serious mistakes, or publish a heavily toned-down version, raising questions about whether the paper still stands by the original report.” (Times spokesperson Charlie Stadtlander told The Intercept that the paper does not comment on ongoing reporting and that “there is only one ‘version’ of any piece of audio journalism: the one that publishes.”)

It’s highly unusual for the Times to conduct a leak investigation, with multiple staffers saying this is the first such internal probe they can recall taking place. “It’s not something we do,” said one. “That kind of witch hunt is really concerning.”

The Intercept released another report on Thursday exposing the NYT’s Hamas mass rape story as a manufactured hoax:

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