Over the past few days, I’ve asked Joel Magalnick, editor of Seattle’s JTNews, the community Jewish newspaper, to publish a news story correcting numerous errors in its coverage of the recent Seattle pinkwashing controversy. This involved the cancellation of an Israeli reception by the Seattle City LGBT Commission at the behest of gay peace activists. After he refused to run a story, I asked Magalnick to publish an op-ed to correct the errors. By the way, the Seattle Times published a similarly shoddy news story about the incident and did publish an op-ed by Stefanie Fox, a Jewish Voice for Peace leader who helped organize the protest. Apparently, what Seattle’s leading daily newspaper found appropriate and fair is beneath the JTNews. Magalnick not only refused to publish an op-ed, he wouldn’t even accept it for submission.
I then informed him I’d pay for publication of the op-ed as an ad. After reading my proposed text, he’s refusing even to publish an ad I’m offering to pay for myself unless I make revisions he’s demanding. That’s censorship plain and simple. What’s especially laughable about this is that he’s insisting that my own ad adhere to journalistic standards his own reporter didn’t maintain when the original story was published. If that story had been fair I wouldn’t even have had to do this.
Magalnick’s demanded revisions and his challenges to the accuracy of my claims have enabled me to do further research and not only prove in ironclad fashion what I’ve charged, but strengthened the piece by allowing me to add further evidence. Here’s the latest draft of the planned op-ed/ad.
I expect the ad to run in this coming week’s issue (unless the community leadership finds further reason to stall and censor) and am still soliciting donations to cover the $1,380 cost. So far, I’ve raised over $200 thanks to your generosity. If you want to combat pinkwashing in the NW and throughout the U.S., please help in this effort. Click on the Paypal button in the sidebar and give as generously as you can.