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Yale Daily News Editor in Chief Removes ‘Erroneous Correction’ to Piece on Hamas Atrocities After Backlash

Yale Daily News Editor in Chief Removes ‘Erroneous Correction’ to Piece on Hamas Atrocities After Backlash

“At the end of a column by @sahar_tartak, editors at @yaledailynews affixed a ‘correction,’ saying claims that Hamas raped women and beheaded men are ‘unsubstantiated.’ @Yale’s student newspaper is running cover for Hamas.”

Like many other higher education institutions, Yale University has come under fire since the start of the Hamas-instigated war with Israel over anti-Semitic student demonstrations, and at least one allegedly pro-Hamas professor, Zareena Grewal, who on the day of the attacks reportedly tweeted “Israel is a murderous, genocidal settler state and Palestinians have every right to resist through armed struggle, solidarity #FreePalestine.”

The university’s student newspaper, the Yale Daily News, is also on the hot seat after a column published on October 12th titled “Is Yalies4Palestine a hate group?” had a correction added to it on Oct. 25th by their editor-in-chief, Anika Seth.

The well-sourced column, written by Jewish Yale student Sahar Tartak, discussed the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians and called out “Yalies4Palestine” for their Squad-like victim-blaming of Israel for the terrorist attacks:

This is precisely what happened in the Israeli desert this weekend. Except you weren’t there. You weren’t one of the 3,500 present, and you fortunately weren’t one of the 260 murdered. You fortunately weren’t abducted by Hamas fighters (if you’re a woman, child or elderly person), or shot or beheaded or killed in some other creative way on the spot (if you’re a man). You certainly weren’t Shani Louk, the young woman with a bullet in her head depicted stripped to her underwear with her legs “bent at unnatural angles” in the back of a pickup truck driven by the men.

This sort of barbarism went on throughout Israel this weekend, committed by Hamas terrorists from Gaza who seemed intent on killing as many Jews as possible. Yes, they raped women. Yes, they kidnapped children. Yes, they beheaded men. Yes, they cheered the whole time. It’s all on video. Over 1,200 are dead, not to mention those kidnapped and maimed. This is terror, and Hamas is a designated terrorist group — as described by the United States, European Union and dozens of other countries.

On October 25th, an editor’s note/correction was added to claim that the references to beheadings and rapes committed by Hamas were removed because they were “unsubstantiated.”

Editor’s note, correction, Oct. 25: This column has been edited to remove unsubstantiated claims that Hamas raped women and beheaded men.

The problem, of course, is that the claims were substantiated, as Tartak noted in a piece she wrote for the Free Beacon:

Unlike the Nazis, who took pains to hide their actions, Hamas broadcast them to the world. Live videos of the horrors were circulating on the internet—and on broadcast television—on the day of the attack. For those with lingering doubts, or inclined to split hairs about whether victims were beheaded or simply found with severed heads, international reporters were on the ground in Israel within 48 hours to chronicle the atrocities.

“We saw boys and girls bound, who were shot in the head. Men and women burned alive. Young women who were raped and slaughtered. Soldiers who were beheaded,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the world on Oct. 11.

Two weeks after the initial attacks, the IDF screened video footage to journalists showing what Hamas had done:

The compilation video, which displayed many scenes of murder, torture, and decapitation, was obtained through call recordings, security cameras, body cameras belonging to Hamas terrorists, victims’ dashboard cameras, social-media accounts of victims and also Hamas terrorists, and cellphone videos taken by terrorists, victims, and first responders. There is reportedly evidence of rape, according to an Israeli military official, but it was not shown during the screener.

Six days after the “correction” was added to Tartak’s piece, it was removed with the following note about the “erroneous correction” they initally added:

Editor’s note, Oct. 31: After publication of this column, the News appended an erroneous correction that has since been retracted. The News regrets the mistake and has issued an editor’s note about it.

In the editor’s note, Anika Seth claimed the paper modeled their corrections (a similar piece on the attacks was also edited to remove a reference to rape) on what they saw major news outlets like the L.A. Times do:

On Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, the News published corrections to both pieces, modeled on reporting and corrections from other outlets — such as The Forward and The Los Angeles Times — from earlier in the month.

The News was wrong to publish the corrections. By the time of the first correction on Oct. 25, there had been widely reported coverage from outlets such as Reuters publicly verifying that Hamas raped and beheaded Israelis.

These corrections erroneously created the impression that, as of late October, there still was not enough publicly available evidence for those horrific acts. The News therefore retracts those editor’s notes in their entirety and without qualification. The notes have been removed from the columns, and the original text has been restored.

“It was never the News’ intention to minimize the brutality of Hamas’ attack against Israel,” Seth also claimed, which was rather interesting considering, as Tartak wrote at the Free Beacon, they have not been so quick to scrutinize pieces written that are critical of Israel:

Yale Daily News editors are not such sticklers when it comes to lobbing accusations at the Jewish state. An Oct. 17 op-ed accuses Israel of the “indiscriminate targeting of hospitals,” without mention of the fact that Israel actually targets Hamas operatives and infrastructure that the terrorist group hides among civilians, like the troves of rockets found in a U.N.-funded school. Another states point-blank that social media companies shadow-ban anti-Israel posts based solely on the fact that those posts experienced a drop in views.

Since the publication of her editor’s note explanation, Seth has made herself unavailable for comment:

The Yale Daily News—”the oldest college daily”—is one of the most prestigious undergraduate newspapers, and its editor in chief one of the most sought-after and influential positions a college student can hold. The Washington Free Beacon reached out to Yale Daily News editor in chief Anika Seth with a series of questions about the paper’s decision. Seth, who identifies herself as one of the paper’s “inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion co-chairs,” did not respond to a request for comment regarding what evidence the Yale Daily News requires to substantiate the claim that Hamas raped and beheaded Israelis or what if any atrocities perpetrated by Hamas the paper considers a point of fact. Nor did she respond to a request for comment about whether the paper has a policy of consulting with writers and reporters about corrections, or advising them when corrections are issued to their reports or op-eds.

As for Sahar Tartak, she has not let the experience jade her views on journalism:

Good for her, and shame on Yale Daily News and Anika Seth. That is, if they even have any.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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HAMAS wants to have it both ways: terrorize people in increasingly gruesome ways, and assert their innocence, all at once.

    mailman in reply to Valerie. | November 1, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    You’re slightly mistaken here. Yes Hamas wants to kill and maim Jews where ever they can be found and it is the left that wants to assert their innocence.

      CommoChief in reply to mailman. | November 1, 2023 at 6:32 pm

      IMO you and Valerie are both partially correct. The woke, lefty, progressives use the same language as Hamas; ‘occupation of stolen land by settler colonialists who adhere to Western/Capitalist societal systems and norms to oppressed the indigenous people’.

      It’s the same BS narrative of oppressor v oppressed that the lefties apply to every issue. The actions of Hamas in the massacre on 7 Oct is viewed as a justified resistance to the oppressor by the poor, downtrodden oppressed. The leftists also use the phrase ‘by any means necessary’.

      The woke, lefty, progressives are totes ok with Hamas just like they are totes ok with BLM riots. Those Che Guevara T shirts ain’t so much a fashion statement as a statement of intent. See antifa, eco terrorists in Atlanta and elsewhere, Weather Underground…..

    inspectorudy in reply to Valerie. | November 2, 2023 at 12:23 am

    I disagree. Hamas wants to kill, rape, and burn Israelis and then ask for a cease-fire as soon as possible with the msm and liberal losers backing their claim. Meanwhile, just as a backup, they also took hostages to help the West see things their way. They are the lowest of the human race and nothing they say or do can be trusted. Their word should become the new name for having no honor or trust.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | November 1, 2023 at 3:20 pm

“It was never the News’ intention to minimize the brutality of Hamas’ attack against Israel,” Seth also claimed,

That’s true. It was the Yale Daily News’ intention to support and celebrate Hamas’ attack.

The Yale Daily News and Yale and this Anika Seth dirtbag are despicable stains on civilization. They are bottom-feeders of the worst type. Absolutely despicable lowlifes.

Yale deserves to be forcibly moved Gaza or Cuba or Venezuela … though New Haven isn’t really much better, so there’s that.

It is well past time that all federal money and loan guarantees and loans and everything is stopped from flowing to any school with an endowment in excess of 200 million dollars. No more money for these places. They have cash. They can be anti-Western dirtbags on their own dimes.

I think that the editor in chief may have a bright future at CNN.

    rochf in reply to Q. | November 1, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    In light of what the Hamas spokesperson recently came out with, they could probably use a better propagandist–I’m sure this editor in chief is qualified

Universities may be reluctant to clamp down on pro-Hamas demonstrations because of all the money they get from Hamas supporting Qatar:
Between 2001 and 2021, the petrostate donated a whopping $4.7 billion to U.S. colleges.

Must we allow this?

    Virginia42 in reply to CMartel732. | November 2, 2023 at 8:10 am

    This has been a problem for decades. They started looking into it after 9/11, and then lost interest. There are numerous “studies departments” and colleges funded by Islamo-Nutty money.

The Drill SGT | November 1, 2023 at 3:38 pm

She never calls them terrorists’

BigRosieGreenbaum | November 1, 2023 at 3:49 pm

“… is one of the most prestigious undergraduate newspapers, and its editor in chief one of the most sought-after and influential positions a college student can hold.”
Self proclaimed?

And at Harvard:

“‘Shame!’ Jewish Student at Harvard University Mobbed by Anti-Israel Protesters”

Let’s ask Yale Daily News to do a story.

    Good Samaritanism is dead. So few of us carry that standard. Maybe its always been that way.

    Cowards stand nearby filming instead of proactive intervention. Or maybe they’re all Hamas-adjacent, documenting a victory over the “oppressors and colonialists.”

    Still, damn them all to hell.

      CommoChief in reply to Tiki. | November 1, 2023 at 6:39 pm

      ‘So if ya wanna try to flip
      go flip on the next man
      ’cause I grab the clip
      hit ya with 16 shots
      and more I got…’

      ‘Protect Ya Neck’
      Wu-Tang Clan

“Seth has made herself unavailable for comment.”

Seth retreated to her safe space, which happens to be anywhere on campus not inhabited by Jews.

Any parent sending their kids to Ivy schools are nuts

On another note, Baptist churches around d here , Texas , are cowards, absolutely not coming out against the Palestinians and Hamas

Say instead, pray for peace in the Middle East

“erroneous correction”

Is that like being caught red-handed for under-handed anti-semitism?

Or being called out for projecting your pro-palestinian bias?

The usual confirmation of the truthfulness of a story is when a lib says the assertion was “debunked”. Now we can add “unsubstantiated” to conclusively determine it was in fact true.

I guess #Metoo* needs an asterisk that excludes Israeli victims.

Vile and evil Dhimmi-crats whitewashing, downplaying, enabling, appeasing and rationalizing Muslim supremacism, totalitarianism, genocidal murders and atrocities, and, Jew-hate — what else is new?

Six days later, after 98% of the people that were going to read it, already read it, and never see their ‘erroneous correction’ nonsense.

    Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | November 2, 2023 at 12:36 am

    Not really true in this case, because the original “correction” came 13 days after the story was published, so few of those who read the story saw the “correction”. Of those who did see it, most are likely to see the correction of the correction too.

The Dems have created their own circular firing squad. They support leftist Jews and terrorist Hamas Palestinians, and encourage violent demonstrations. Now they have put themselves in a place where they have to pretend to support Israel while placating their Islamist factions. That’s why, while Jews across the nation are being attacked and beaten, they are on a mission to prevent nearly nonexistent “Islamophobia”.