By: Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer
(AP) About 1,000 people have suspended their subscriptions to the Los Angeles Times, claiming the newspaper’s coverage of unrest in the Middle East is biased toward the Palestinians.
Times officials said in Thursday’s editions that they began receiving numerous calls Monday about their reporting of the Middle East conflict. About 900 calls were logged Wednesday, but not all of the people requested suspensions.
The protest reportedly was organized in the Jewish community and was timed to coincide with last Tuesday’s 54th anniversary of Israeli independence.
Dr. Joe Englanoff, a physician at UCLA Medical Center, said the Southern California Jewish community began talking about a protest against the newspaper several weeks ago. “There’s a feeling in the community that the Times clearly has been one-sided and biased in its reporting about the Middle East. People in the Jewish community want to express their anger,” Englanoff said.
Times Editor John Carroll said the newspaper has devoted a large staff of reporters and photographers to report on the Middle East tensions. “Our goal is to provide coverage that is both fair and complete,” he said. “We feel that we serve our readership by covering all aspects and points of view.”
The Times said about 1,000 subscriptions had been suspended, one-tenth of 1% of the paper’s total daily circulation of slightly more than 1 million.