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inda Gradstein, National
Public Radio's Jerusalem
correspondent, has possibly
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given her critics an oppor-
tunity to renew their salvos
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against her. She admitted to an
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interviewer what some might
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consider one of the more egre-
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gious sins of the news business.
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"I don't think journalists
should be objective," she main-
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tained. "There's no such thing as
objectivity. We're people and
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from being objective. It means
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making sure you represent all
points of view. I try hard to do
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journalists based in Israel] do,
Since at least 1991, National
Public Radio has been persis-
tently criticized by such pro-
Israel media watchdog groups as
CAMERA, which claims that
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NPR is biased, distorted and
determinedly anti-Israel. As
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CAMERA (the Committee for Ac-
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curacy in Middle East Reporting
in America) has stated in a
newsletter, 'The perspectives and
rhetorical slant of NPR stories
consistently fail to take into
account ... Israeli concerns and
Israeli perceptions of events.
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And since Ms. Gradstein has
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spondent since 1990, it is she who
has borne the brunt of the ad
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only reflect an ignorance of his-
tory, but an extremist political
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ation of Baltimore, a clearly
irritated Ms. Gradstein told a
reporter that the CAMERA
newsletter had not mentioned
that the alumni magazine inter-
view had appeared in 1988, a
year when she was not working -
as a journalist. She would not
have agreed to such an interview
"if I was working as a journalist."
Although she is now circum-
spect about her politics, she said
her views have "not significantly"
changed since the 1988 Pardes
interview: "I basically said I was
in favor of the peace process. And
I'll admit it: I favor the peace.
In the alumni magazine inter-
view, Ms. Gradstein bared her
political soul as would few work-
ing journalists. But when asked
last week what she would like
Israel to be, she first skirted the
question ("I would not say things
like that today. It's not appropri-
ate"), then stated that at the time
of the Pardes interview], "I was G.
thinking about doing some kind
of Arab-Israeli grass-roots work.
And I still think it's important
that Arabs and Israelis get to
know each other. There's a lot of
hatred, a lot of misconceptions."
Of CAMERA's charges that
her reporting reflects her
"agenda," she said, "I don't have
one. And I don't think NPR would
keep me if I was promoting myc
own agenda. I think of myself as
a 'microphone.' You can't be there,
so I try to capture the situation
as much as I can. I have personal
friends across the political spec-
trum. The rabbi who officiated at
my wedding is a Jewish settler.
Does that make me pro- or anti-
Earlier this year, CAMERA's
executive director, Andrea Levin;'
wrote that after the killings of
Palestinians in a Hebron mosque
by a Jewish settler, "NPR turned
quickly to stories that empha-
sized alleged Israeli hatred and
mistreatment of Arabs ...
In a ... segment reported by
Linda Gradstein, Jewish children
in Hebron were presented as bud-
ding Baruch Goldsteins, with
7-year-old expressing the wish)
that 'all Arabs get killed.' That
such sentiments are fostered
among a minuscule number of Is-
raeli children — despite Israel's
having had to endure decades of
assault by Arab terrorists — was
Last week, Ms. Gradstein re-
sponded that "the story that day
was of a Jewish settler who hate
shot 29 Arabs while they were
praying. I was interested in how
the settler community views