NYT Corrects Story Claiming Palestinian Terrorist Payments Is a 'Far-Right Conspiracy'

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 12:58 PM

The New York Times has issued a major correction to a recent piece related to the Palestinian Authority's payments to the families of terrorists.

In a profile of Facebook official Campbell Brown, the Times explained that she wants to employ Facebook’s Watch product. Then, the editors describe the product "as a service introduced in 2017 as a premium product with more curation that has nonetheless been flooded with far-right conspiracy programming like ‘Palestinians Pay $400 Million Pensions For Terrorist Families.’"

Realizing their error, the Times issued "the correction of the year."

The PA shells out billions of dollars to terrorists' families. The funding is known as "pay for slay," for many of these terrorists have targeted Israelis and Americans.

Jewish outlets like Tablet Magazine were none too pleased with the careless error. Here's what Liel Leibovitz had to say about the egregious mistake in a piece called, "All the Fake News that's Fit to Print."

"As those of us who are in the reality based community know, the Palestinian Authority’s financial support of terrorists and their families is very, very far from a conspiracy, far-right or otherwise…," wrote Liel Leibovitz at Tablet. "Read the real news, and you’ll learn that, in 2017, the PA doled out more than $347 million to families of terrorists who had murdered Jews, increasing the amount to $403 million this year."

Now that the Times knows the PA's terrorist payments isn't a conspiracy, perhaps the editors will also provide more coverage on the effort in Congress known as the Taylor Force Act. The act, named after former U.S. Army officer Taylor Force, who was killed in March 2016 in Tel Aviv by a Palestinian citizen in Israel, would cut taxpayer funding to the Palestinian government as long as they continue issuing the tainted payments.