As reported in the WaPo:
A senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the leader has refused an offer to write an opinion piece for the New York Times, accusing the paper’s opinion pages of anti-Israel bias.
The unusual public refusal appears to reflect the hardline Israeli government’s increasingly prickly relations with much of the outside world.
In a letter to the Times published in The Jerusalem Post website, Netanyahu adviser Ron Dermer says the prime minister decided to “respectfully decline” penning an opinion piece. He says past op-ed articles in the Times have “vilified” Israel and “constantly distort the positions of our government.”
Poor, sad, picked-upon Bibi has taken chutzpah to a new level. For the last several decades, the NYT has had Israel's back. Yes, it does indeed publish a range of opinions on Israeli actions and policies, but this is the same NYT op-ed page that once had William Safire defending Israel no matter what, that still has Thomas Friedman constantly reminding us that, yes, Israel does mess up, but those Persians and Arabs (with the exception of those Arabs who, like Salam Fayyad or Anwar al-Sadat, are willing to make nice with Israel) are meshugga.
And it's the same NYT whose principal journalist on the job in Israel, Ethan Bronner, is closely tied to the Israeli establishment. His son served in the IDF; and during that time, the NYT refused to reassign Bronner to another post. And get this (from Wikipedia):
In September, 2011, a piece in the Columbia Journalism Review revealed that in 2009, a year after becoming Jerusalem correspondent for the New York Times, Bronner had joined the speakers bureau of one of Israel’s top public relations firms, Lone Star Communications. Lone Star Communications arranged speaking events for Bronner and took a commission on his fee, as well as pitched stories for him to cover. The revelation resulted in an number of articles commenting on conflicts of interests and impartiality and caused Bronner to end his relationship with Lone Star Communications.
Nonetheless, Bibi decides that the NYT is simply too hostile a venue for him to publish an op-ed.
Not that I feel a need to complain to the NYT about that. But you can bet that a lot of subscribers will - and that Krauthammer and Fox News will hammer the NYT, con gusto.