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Self-Absorbed NY Times Reporter Whines About Jewish Religious Practices at Western Wall While Trying To Cover Mayor Eric Adams Visit

Self-Absorbed NY Times Reporter Whines About Jewish Religious Practices at Western Wall While Trying To Cover Mayor Eric Adams Visit

“As journalistic integrity, honesty, and impartiality has grown obsolete, the new norm for attention starved reporters seems to be the need to insert themselves into the story.”

For many mainstream media journalists, reporting a story from a neutral perspective has seemingly become impossible, with reporters and their newsrooms increasingly seeking to make themselves and their woke narratives the focal points of the story and not the subject matter on which they’re supposed to be writing.

We saw this frequently, for example, during the Trump years, with CNN‘s Jim Acosta and the New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman eagerly (and frequently) making themselves the faces and voices of the anti-Trump, so-called media #Resistance.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that such “me, me, me” traditions at the Times are continuing, as exemplified by the NYT’s City Hall Bureau Chief Emma Fitzsimmons, who recently traveled with New York City Mayor Eric Adams on his trip to Israel to document his activities and comments.

During Adams’ visit to the Western Wall, however, Fitzsimmons, whose employer is facing increasing scrutiny of their one-sided coverage of the Jewish community, made sure her photographer took a picture of her having to stand behind a “fence” (actually a mechitza) in order to observe the goings on of the men at the wall:

Moments later, perhaps sensing that her tweet disrespecting the culture and turning her supposed plight into the highlight of the day was maybe not a good move, Fitzsimmons posted a photo of Adams – the prominent elected official whom she was supposed to be covering for her paper – at the wall:

Jews and non-Jews alike made it clear in response that her swipe at the Jewish culture and making things all about her was not welcome – not to mention hypocritical.

“As journalistic integrity, honesty, and impartiality has grown obsolete, the new norm for attention starved reporters seems to be the need to insert themselves into the story,” community activist Chaskel Bennett, the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, tweeted. “What was once a cardinal sin for journalists has become the pathetic new standard. The @nytimes is certainly leading in this dubious category.”

Others wondered if Fitzsimmons would do the same thing if/when she had to visit an Islamic country:

Others noted that while they “understood the frustration” that has also been expressed in the past by other female journos when covering Western Wall visits, the reactions of these same female reporters would likely be much more muted in other far more restrictive religious settings:


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AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | August 25, 2023 at 9:17 am

Oh, boy! Am I willing to bet that when Emma F is at home, guys better damn we’ll RESPECT her/him/ze/zer woman’s safe spaces.

“Damned misogynistic J**z!” said Emma.

Three days later:

“Here I am barred from entering a Mosque in the land of the Religion of Peace. Yet I still have to wear a head covering, be escorted by male chaperones, and required to keep quiet. I love being here!” Emma said.

    Absolutely. The difference in the respect and level of understanding by most of the laptop class for most any religion and their modern substitutes of trans Ideology, radical environmentalism and narcissism is very stark.

The manifestly stupid and narcissistic Fitzsimmons should visit Gaza and the West Bank (or, any other Muslim-run territory or country) and experience how women are treated under the most unabashedly and viciously misogynistic ideology on Earth.

    jolanthe in reply to guyjones. | August 25, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    But, would she be allowed to report that story?

      guyjones in reply to jolanthe. | August 25, 2023 at 9:16 pm

      Clearly not, because the mainstream media lapdogs/lemmings/trained seals perennially and mightily strive to avoid painting the supremacist, totalitarian, belligerent and misogynistic ideology of “Submission” in a bad light.

She would do well to read (and understand) “The Ugly American” by Burdick and Lederer and less about Joseph Goebbels.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | August 25, 2023 at 11:15 am

Having to work around limitations like this is such a normal part of journalism that you have to be a supreme narcissist to take it personally.

NYC is a crime ridden sh!thole with a massive illegal immigrant invasion, sky high taxes, racial violence, businesses fleeing to red states, population doing the same, crumbling infrastructure… so, NYC mayor Adams goes to Israel because… he doesn’t look Jewish.

pander pander pander pander

Pretty sure that this WomanWhoIsBetterThanYouJustAskHer:

— did not express gratitude for her safe flights, safe hotel stays, safe visit to Western Wall plaza etc

— never takes the subway in NYC, only uses cabs

— doesn’t ever walk through Harlem or Central Park during the day without male escort, and never after dark

Why? Because she takes it for granted that she and her particular brand of American worldview is superior to all other worldviews.

So for her it makes perfect sense to accept that in NYC a woman routinely must live in mortal danger. That’s just the way things are. It’s no one’s fault. Nothing can be done about it. No problem! But when Israelis set up procedures to try to reduce the risk of danger … well, that must mean that there’s grave injustice all around — that there must be something awfully dreadfully awfully wrong w Those Israeli Juuuuz.

Bless her self satisfied heart

    henrybowman in reply to PW. | August 25, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    Huh? The barricade there has nothing to do with danger. It’s exclusively for women to stay behind, as they are not allowed inside. It’s religious.

      Milhouse in reply to henrybowman. | August 26, 2023 at 5:08 pm

      Women are not “behind” the divider, and they’re certainly allowed “inside”. Like any synagogue or mosque (and historically churches as well), the Western Wall is divided into men’s and women’s sections. Men and women are located alongside the divider, not “before” or “behind” it. The women’s section is no less “inside” than the men’s — and when female politicians visit the Wall they go to the women’s section, and male reporters have to look over the divider to see them.

Well… It’s called the Wailing Wall… so add Gnashing Wall for feminist teeth to the description. As for Adams…. he looks soooo out of place.

adam’s presence is embarassing enough for our country–and if anyone should view this woman’s behaviour / attitude as typical of american women then what an embarassment for american women

Was it simply self absorbed behavior or was it the assignment?

    DSHornet in reply to jolanthe. | August 26, 2023 at 10:31 am

    When Christiane Amanpour reported from Muslim areas she had no problem with wearing a veil on camera. This spoiled brat can do the same.

Steven Brizel | August 25, 2023 at 3:21 pm

The Wall will be where Jews go to pray after both Adams’ visit to shore up his support in the Jewish community of NY and the snarky comments of the NYT who would never utter such comments in either Vatican City or Mecca

Why on Earth does Eric Adams need to visit Israel ?!?!!?!

Nancy Pelosi wearing a headscarf when she went to Damascus. Pelosi would never wear a headscarf when visiting Mennonites in California. Okay, she would never stoop to visit mennonites in the first place.

And Vanity Fair’s obsequious article; a rose in the desert.